Rebalancing: Vietnam’s South China Sea Challenges and Responses

Rebalancing: Vietnam’s South China Sea Challenges and Responses

By Tran Truong Thuy
December 27, 2016
The South China Sea persists as the leading security and development challenge for Vietnam. In Hanoi’s view, the situation in the South China Sea affects almost all aspects of national security and development: protecting territorial integrity and national sovereignty; promoting maritime economic development; maintaining an external peaceful environment and, in particular, peaceful relationships with China and other claimants; and safeguarding regime legitimacy ...
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The South China Sea:  A Challenging Test of the International Order

The South China Sea: A Challenging Test of the International Order

By Harry Krejsa
December 27, 2016
A central task of the rules-based international order is to address disputes equitably between states without resorting to force or coercion. This task is especially important when disputes involve states with stark power imbalances. In these cases the temptation to pressure ...
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The Southeast Asia Claimant States, ASEAN and the South China Sea Dispute

The Southeast Asia Claimant States, ASEAN and the South China Sea Dispute

By Carlyle A. Thayer
November 14, 2016
ASEAN needs to address both internal issues affecting its unity and cohesion, and external issues relating to its relations with China and other dialogue partners on South China Sea issues.
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Renewed Strategic Dynamics over the South China Sea:  Options for the US, Japan, and India

Renewed Strategic Dynamics over the South China Sea: Options for the US, Japan, and India

By Kei Koga
November 14, 2016
Indeed, the maritime disputes and tensions over the South China Sea between claimant states has rapidly increased since 2009, and comprises strategic – including political, military, and legal – implications for the future of East Asian power configuration.
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Joint Development in the South China Sea:  Lessons from the Past and Future Prospect

Joint Development in the South China Sea: Lessons from the Past and Future Prospect

By Yanmei Xie
November 15, 2016
The South China Sea is often said to be rich in hydrocarbon reserves, although most of the deposits are unconfirmed, due in part to the multiple claims laid over them by several coastal economies. 
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National Interests and the Role of Major and Middle Powers in the South China Sea: The Case of Indonesia

National Interests and the Role of Major and Middle Powers in the South China Sea: The Case of Indonesia

By Shafiah Muhibat
November 14, 2016
As long as the Indonesian government continues its “inward looking” policies, there is little chance there would be a dramatic change in its foreign policy towards the South China Sea.
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India as a Middle Power in the South China Sea Dispute

India as a Middle Power in the South China Sea Dispute

By Darshana M. Baruah
November 14, 2016
This paper examines India’s approach towards the South China Sea dispute and the role it can play as a middle power in the region.
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Four Visions of US Strategy on China

Four Visions of US Strategy on China

By Zack Cooper & Jake Douglas
November 14, 2016
This paper discusses these four different schools of thought on US policy regarding China.
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The South and East China Sea Disputes and Their Influence on a Revised World Order

The South and East China Sea Disputes and Their Influence on a Revised World Order

By Liselotte Odgaard
November 14, 2016
Maritime disputes in China’s neighbourhood are important because they confront the key strategic interests of China and the United States as well as their paerceptions of how to define proper conduct and justify sovereignty claims in accordance with international law. 
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