South China Sea

Assessing China’s South China Sea Policy, 2009-2015

Feng Zhang, ‘Assessing China’s South China Sea Policy, 2009-2015’, East Asian Policy, 8(3) 2016: 100-109.

Would America really go to war over the South China Sea?

What would America do if China starts to build an island base on Scarborough Shoal, declares an ADIZ over the Spratlys, or in some other way plainly takes steps to strengthen still further its grip on the South China Sea in defiance of international law and American demands?

South China Sea ruling a test for our patchwork global order

The arbitral tribunal convened under Part XV of the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention has found that China's claimed historic rights in the South China Sea, enshrined in its nine-dash line map, were extinguished when it signed the convention.

Breathtaking but counterproductive: the South China Sea arbitration award

Anthony Bergin wrote here on The Strategist that The Hague award in The Philippines v China arbitration case is a heavy defeat for Beijing. The award is breathtaking in its overwhelming support for the Philippines’s position, and comes as a surprise to many seasoned international maritime law experts. I’ll just raise two such surprises.

How should Southeast Asia respond to the South China Sea ruling?

Southeast Asia has descended into a maritime insecurity spiral since the April–June 2012 stand-off at Scarborough Shoal between Chinese maritime security forces and the Philippine Navy, which motivated Manila to initiate legal arbitration proceedings in The Hague.

South China Sea: After the Hague ruling, what's next?

Two scenarios are possible: China ignores the ruling and carries on as before. Or an irate Beijing escalates the tension in the region, calling Washington's bluff.

Washington welcome as China flexes muscle in Southeast Asia’s waters

America needs to deepen and sustain its strategic interests in Southeast Asia in response to a strong regional demand for a robust American presence, especially in light of China’s growing military, economic and diplomatic influence, says a new report co-authored by two experts from ANU College of Asia and the Pacfic launched today.

The South China Sea: next stop the UN Security Council?

All the signs indicate that China is preparing to reject the anticipated adverse judgment of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the South China Sea. The Philippines is arguing that China is acting illegally in exploiting resources in the areas beyond the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) limits while forcibly preventing other nearby states like the Philippines from exploiting the resources in the same areas

US 'sail through' will not deter China

President Barack Obama's decision to send a U.S.

China's island-building project a bid for power, not popularity

Malcolm Turnbull has often said China's assertive actions in the South China Sea are "counterproductive", because they scare its south-east Asian neighbours.

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