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Solving Disputes for Regional Cooperation and Development in the South China Sea

Book Description

This book discusses the South China Sea dispute from a Chinese perspective with regards to history, law, international politics, the economy, diplomacy and military affairs. Not only does it detail China’s official position on the sovereignty and maritime disputes in the South China Sea, but also provides analyses of the related factors influencing the origin and development of these disputes. It further assesses the complexity, internationalisation and long-term struggle over the South China Sea and China’s efforts in dispute resolution.

Solving Disputes for Regional Cooperation and Development aims to help readers better understand a Chinese perspective on the complexity of the South China Sea disputes, including competition over the sovereignty of the islets, islands regime and its impact on maritime delimitation, overlapping maritime claims, and how the adjacent states can cooperate for resource development in the South China Sea.

This title is highly pertinent in the context of the growing attention paid to potential international conflicts in the South China Sea, and covers a wide range of topics including history, law, international politics, economy, diplomacy and military affairs.

  • Highly pertinent in the context of the growing attention paid to potential international conflicts in the South China Sea
  • Covers a wide range of topics including history, law, international politics, economy, diplomacy and military affairs
  • One of the very few books written by a Chinese scholar in English in this area

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. List of figures and tables
  6. List of abbreviations
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Preface
  9. About the author
  10. Note on translations
  11. Timeline of Chinese history
  12. Chapter 1: Introduction
    1. Abstract:
    2. Purpose and significance
    3. Territorial and maritime disputes in the South China Sea
    4. Causes of the disputes
    5. Structure of the book
  13. Chapter 2: China’s sovereignty claims over the Nansha Islands: historical evidence
    1. Abstract:
    2. Discovery, naming and administration practices: from Spring and Autumn period to late Qing dynasty
    3. Consolidation of Chinese sovereignty: from late Qing dynasty to post-Second World War
    4. Conclusion
  14. Chapter 3: China’s sovereignty claims over the Nansha Islands: a legal perspective
    1. Abstract:
    2. Discovery in international law
    3. Successive administration (prescription)
    4. Maritime legislation
    5. International acknowledgement and recognition of China’s sovereignty
    6. Protest against foreign invasions and fighting against foreign troops
    7. Critical date
    8. Discussion
    9. The impact of UNCLOS
    10. U-shaped line
  15. Chapter 4: China’s dispute with Vietnam over the Nansha Islands
    1. Abstract:
    2. Vietnam’s sovereignty claim over the Nansha Islands and related maritime claims
    3. Weaknesses in Vietnam’s claims
    4. Confusion over the location administered by ‘Hoang Sa detachment/brigades’
    5. Invalidity of succession from France
    6. History of the China-Vietnam dispute over the Nansha Islands
    7. Bilateral efforts on dispute settlement and future challenges
    8. Conclusion
  16. Chapter 5: China’s dispute with the Philippines over the Nansha Islands
    1. Abstract:
    2. Basis of the Philippines’ claims
    3. Effective occupation and control
    4. Assessment of the Philippines’ claims
    5. History of the dispute between China and the Philippines
    6. China-Philippine efforts for dispute settlement
    7. Conclusion
  17. Chapter 6: China’s disputes with Malaysia and Brunei over the Nansha Islands
    1. Abstract:
    2. Basis of Malaysia’s and Brunei’s claims
    3. Assessment of Malaysia’s and Brunei’s claims
    4. History of disputes with Malaysia and Brunei
    5. China-Malaysia and China-Brunei efforts for dispute settlement
    6. Conclusion
  18. Chapter 7: Recent developments and regional cooperation in the South China Sea
    1. Abstract:
    2. Recent developments in the South China Sea
    3. CLCS submission
    4. National legislation and regulation
    5. Incidents at sea
    6. China-ASEAN: from DOC to COC
    7. The involvement of non-claimant states
    8. The Philippines versus China international arbitration
    9. Regional cooperation: China’s commitment
    10. Conclusion
  19. References
  20. Appendix: SCS island names
  21. Index