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China’s Maritime Embroilments
University of California, Berkeley.
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Military Studies, War Studies Division, Sektionen för markoperationer (KV Mark). Swedish Institute of International Affairs.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5426-8238
2015 (English)In: Asian Survey, ISSN 0004-4687, E-ISSN 1533-838X, Vol. 55, no 3, 447-454 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

China's maritime periphery or ‘‘near seas’’—the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea, and the South China Sea—are waters through which a great deal of vital commerce flows, as China, Japan, Korea, and numerous Southeast Asian countries are all major trading nations that import the energy and raw materials that sustain their thriving economies. Since 2009 the East and South China Seas have become increasingly fraught with tension. This has generally been attributed to rising Chinese assertiveness, but not because China has started making a lot of assertions it never made before. As the authors assembled here point out in replete detail, China’s explicit claims to the Diaoyu/Senkaku islets in the East China Sea date back at least to 1971, while it can trace its claim in the South China Sea back to the publication of the famous ‘‘nine-dashed line’’ map by the Nationalists in 1947 (at the time it contained eleven segmented lines; the victorious Communists subsequently dropped two). What has changed since 2009 is China’s more rigorous enforcement of existing claims. This too is brought out in the articles collected below: its actors have seized islands well within the exclusive economic zones (EEZs) of neighboring Southeast Asian nations, detained fishing boats and confiscated their catch, cut the cables of ships engaged in oil exploration, harassed American surveillance vessels, and most recently undertaken ‘‘reclamation’’ of subsurface islets in order to construct airstrips and harbors. 

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University of California Press, 2015. Vol. 55, no 3, 447-454 p.
Keyword [en]
International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Maritime History, Maritime Law, War Studies, East Asia, Security Studies, South-East Asia, International Cooperation, China, Conflict Resolution, Yellow Sea, Conflict Management, Japan, Conflict prevention and resolution, Peace Studies, Peacebuilding, Maritime Security, Maritime, South China Sea, Defence and Strategic Studies, Security and Peace Studies, Politics and International relations, North East Asia, The South China Sea dispute, Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Sino-Asean relations, and East China Sea
Keyword [sv]
Kina, Internationella relationer, maritim säkerhet, Asien, Östasien, Sydostasien, Nordostasien, Sydkinesiska sjön, Östkinesiska havet, Fredsbyggande, Konfliktlösning, Konflikthantering, Konfliktprevention, Kina, ASEAN, Japan, Kina-ASEAN, MAritimt samarbete
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5556DOI: 10.1525/as.2015.55.3.447ISI: 000359390500001OAI: diva2:844923
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Available from: 2015-08-10 Created: 2015-08-10 Last updated: 2016-10-05Bibliographically approved

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