This book exclusively addresses the political, historical and important contemporary strategic implications of the decades-long Socotra Rock dispute between China and South Korea. It is one of several maritime disputes involving China and a smaller state, and for which maritime law offers no apparent remedy. There is little doubt it will continue to be a problem in the future and should no longer be overlooked. The submerged rock, located between mainland China and the Korean Peninsula, straddles the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea. As China continues asserting its sovereignty and jurisdiction in maritime areas, this book will provide food for thought for scholars, think-tank researchers, and policymakers.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 121-134) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
An insoluble dispute? The limits of maritime law Bilateral challenges and Korean anxieties Recent controversies and agreements Balancing act : China's air defense declaration Recent economic and security factors Present and future considerations.