Title

The Dragon’s Charm Diplomacy in the South China Sea

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2017

Publication Title

Indian Journal of Asian Affairs

ISSN

0970-6402

Abstract

The South China Sea (SCS) has long been regarded, as one of the most complex and challenging ocean-related maritime disputes in East Asia. This region has become critical among the disputing countries because of its geographic position in major oceanic routes used by crude oil tankers from the Persian Gulf to Asia and for transporting goods to the rest of the world, as well as for promising offshore oil and gas reserves. This paper explores whether China’s growing assertive position in the name of charm diplomacy will be able to calm down and bring some fresh air in the SCS region.

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