Title

Fantasy or Fiction: Marching of the Dragon in the South China Sea

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-31-2017

Publication Title

Asian Affairs Journal

DOI

10.1080/03068374.2017.1313596

ISSN

1477-1500

Abstract

This article looks at the South China Sea dispute and its impact in international relations. It analyses why the Southeast Asian states are highly sovereignty sensitive, and how such sensitivity has made non-intervention the bedrock of managing their foreign policies. China has long viewed the near seas as regions of geostrategic interest, and thus the SCS is not an exception. On the one hand it brings hope and prosperity, and on the other uncertainty and threat. At the end, the article argues whether China’s assertive position regarding other countries’ sovereignty claims in the Arctic might undermine its own position in contested areas like the SCS, and suggests that China will at least have to learn how to share and bear (term coined by the author) as a member of the international community.

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