The provenance and ramifications of the SCS conflicts: Law, resources, and geopolitics

James C. Hsiung

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    The South China Sea (SCS) may, by common sense, be assumed to be part of the Pacific Ocean. But, in this book, we treat it as a separate body of waters in its own right, due to its distinctive status arising from a combination of four peculiar factors: (a) its vital importance as a hubbub of trade, since one-third of the world's shipping (valued at $5.3 trillion in 2015) sails through its waters; (b) its abundant resources, including oil and natural gas; (c) the wide attention it commands because of the clashes arising from the neighboring nations' overlapping sovereign claims; and (d) post-2010 U.S. geopolitical interests in the region as a strategic site of rivalry with the rerising China, although largely dressed as a freedom of navigation dispute.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationSeries on Contemporary China
    PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd
    Number of pages18
    StatePublished - 2018

    Publication series

    NameSeries on Contemporary China
    ISSN (Print)1793-0847

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • History
    • Anthropology
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
    • Political Science and International Relations


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