Category: Issue Briefings (Page 2 of 2)

Claimant and Non-Claimant Views on SLOCs and Freedom of Navigation

Issue Briefings 7 · 2015

Freedom of navigation concerns both South China Sea claimants and non-claimant stakeholders, yet the latter in particular have taken it up as their primary justification for involvement in the disputes.

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Taiwan’s Energy Dependence and the Securitization of SLOCs

Issue Briefings, 6 · 2015

Almost entirely dependent on imported energy resources, the securitization of sea lines of communication in the South China Sea is a critical aspect of Taiwan’s energy security.

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China, Confidence-Building Measures, and the South China Sea Peace Initiative

Issue Briefings, 5 · 2015

Following the launch of the South China Sea Peace Initiative, this very brief article looks into the contribution of confidence-building measures (CBMs) in the region and why China should welcome them.

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Assessing China’s Land Reclamation in the South China Sea

Issue Briefings, 4 · 2015

China’s unprecedented land reclamation projects have emerged as one of its key strategies in the South China Sea, yet evidence suggests that these efforts may not represent the country’s broader long-term interests.

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On India’s ‘Looking East’ Policy and the South China Sea

Issue Briefings, 3 · 2015

New Delhi is carefully following developments in the South China Sea as part of her “Looking East” policy and helping Vietnam exploit offshore oil and build her maritime capacities. However, Indian policy is cautious and aptly described as “multialigned”, rather than bent on building a coalition to resist China.

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The South China Sea Dispute: Protracted but Warless

Issue Briefings, 2 · 2015

Despite growing tensions in the South China Sea, two reasons suggest that the maritime territorial disputes are unlikely to devolve into armed conflict.

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Sino-centrism in Russia’s SCS Policy

Issue Briefings, 1 · 2015

While the Kremlin has been explicit about its policy of economic engagement in the Asia-Pacific region, it has been less vocal about its strategic approach to the South China Sea, which evidence indicates is driven primarily by its relationship to China in the region.

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