Contemporary issues in the South China Sea.
"Combining practical and theoretical approaches, this book addresses the political, legal and economic implications of maritime disputes in East Asia. The maritime disputes in East Asia have multiplied over the past few years, in parallel with the economic growth of the countries in the region, the rise of nationalist movements, fears and sometimes fantasies regarding the emergence of the People's Republic of China (PRC) as a global power, increasing military expenses, as well as speculations regarding the potential resources in various disputed islands. These disputes, however, are not new and some have been the subject of contention and the cause of friction for decades, if not centuries in a few cases. Offering a robust analysis, this volume explores disputes through the different lenses of political science, international law, history, and geography, and introduces new approaches in particular to the four important disputes concerning Dokdo/Takeshima, Senkaku/Diaoyu, Paracels and Spratlys. Utilising a comparative approach, this book identifies transnational trends that occur in the different cases and, therefore, at the regional level, and aims to understand whether the resurgence of maritime disputes in East Asia may be studied on a case by case basis, or should be analysed as a regional phenomenon with common characteristics. This book will be of interest to students of Asian Politics, Maritime Security, International Security, Geopolitics and International Relations in general"--Provided by publisher.
Formatted Contents Note
1. Introduction : old problems and new paradigms in East-Asian maritime disputes / Barthelemy Courmont, Frederic Lassere and Eric Mottet 2. Maritime territorial disputes in East Asia : a comparative analysis of the South China Sea and the East China Sea / Andy Yee 3. Maritime conflict and cooperation in East Asia : recent developments and future prospects / Keyuan Zou 4. Legal and political aspects of the Dokdo issue : interrelationship between international law and international relations / Lee Chang-wee 5. "Takeshima," "Northern Territories" and the construction of Japan's national identity / Alexander Bukh 6. Crisscrossing law, politics and history : dilemmas in the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute / Katherine Tseng Hui-yi 7. Diplomacy and opportunism : Taiwan's position on the Diaoyu/Senkaku dispute / Barthelemy Courmont 8. Maritime borders in the South China Sea : dynamics and legal basis / Frederic Lassere 9. Exploring maritime dispute management in the South China Sea : a practical approach / Nong Hong 10. Is accessing natural and strategical energy resources the real core of maritime disputes in Asia? / Eric Mottet 11. China's realpolitik approach to its territorial disputes : the case of the 2012 Scarborough Shoal stand-off / Renato Cruz De Castro 12. Economic drivers of Vietnam's South China Sea disputes with China / Le Hong Hiep Conclusion / Barthelemy Courmont, Frederic Lasserre and Eric Mottet.