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Building a Normative Order in the South China Sea

Evolving Disputes, Expanding Options Edited by Tran Truong Thuy, Foundation for East Sea Studies and Bien Dong Institute for Maritime Studies, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, John B. Welfield, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and International University of Japan and Le Thuy Trang, Bien Dong Institute for Maritime Studies, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam
The South China Sea, where a number of great powers and regional players contend for influence, has emerged as one of the most potentially explosive regions in the world today. What can be done to reduce the possibility of conflict, solve the outstanding territorial problems, and harness the potential of the sea to promote regional development, environmental sustainability and security? This book, with contributions from leading authorities in China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, Singapore and the United States, seeks to illuminate these questions.

Extent: 304 pp
Hardback Price: $150.00 Web: $135.00
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78643 752 5
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With a key geostrategic location and valuable maritime resources, the South China Sea has become the epicentre of several ongoing territorial and maritime disputes. This book assesses what can be done to avert the possibility of outright conflict, and to fully harness the Sea’s potential for the security of the region and the world at large.

An original collection of insightful contributions by leading international authorities and the next influential generation of scholars, these chapters explore the latest diplomatic developments through in-depth analyses on issues affecting East Asian security. The book includes a wide range of views on the topic, covering security, legal and environmental problems, while crucially highlighting the complexity of current tensions. It offers a timely and thorough look into the region, offering potential pathways to improve the security in and around this troubled sea.

Academics, students and policymakers engaged in issues related to the law and politics of the sea, as well as specialists in Asian studies and international relations more generally, will benefit from the insight into the intricate diplomatic and security environment of the South China Sea.
‘An excellent collection of work by an A-list of South China Sea experts. It cuts through myth and misunderstanding about the disputes over territory and resources with rigour. Well-written contributions from a wide range of viewpoints lay out the problems and routes towards their possible solutions with great clarity.’
– Bill Hayton, Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs, UK

‘This book contains a comprehensive analysis of the Law of the Sea for building a maritime order in the South China Sea, written by international experts on maritime affairs. I recommend this book to those who are interested in the matter.’
– Hasjim Djalal, National University of Singapore

Contributors: J. Batongbacal, R. Beckman, L. Buszynski, R. Calvert, J. Kraska, T.T. Le, R.P.M. Lotilla, D. Mair, T.L.A. Nguyen, J.G. Odom, D.H.Phan, A. Scobell, T.T.Thuy, H.D. Vu, T.C. Vu, J.B. Welfield, X. Wu, M. Yahuda, J. You



1. Getting beyond slow boil in the South China Sea
Andrew Scobell

2. Economic (asymmetrical) interdependence and territorial disputes
Michael Yahuda

3. China’s South China Sea strategy and Sino-US discord
Wu Xiangning and You Ji

4. The South China Sea: An arena for great power strategic rivalry
Leszek Buszynski

5. Entitlements of maritime features and the Paracels dispute revisited
Vu Hai Dang

6. The exclusive economic zone and foot security for developing coastal states in the South China Sea
James Kraska

7. Constructions at sea: Impacts and legal regime
Nguyen Thi Lan Anh

8. Air defense identification zones: Implications for freedom of overflight and maritime disputes
Robert Beckman and Phan Duy Hao

9. Maritime claims in the South China Sea and freedom of navigation operations
Jonathan G. Odom

10. A regional ocean governance framework for the integrated management of the environment and biological resources in the South China Sea
Vu Thanh Ca

11. Post-South China Sea arbitration challenge: Toward regional cooperation for the environmental sustainability of the East Asian seas
Raphael P. M. Lotilla

12. Energy drivers for offshore cooperation
Dylan Mair and Rachel Calvert

13. Different strokes for different folks: A second look at UNCLOS Part XV dispute settlement mechanisms and the South China Sea disputes
Jay Batongbacal