Enterprises, Localities, People, and Policy in the South China Sea: Beneath the Surface

Spangler, Jonathan, Karalekas, Dean and Lopes De souza, Moises orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1459-9520 (2018) Enterprises, Localities, People, and Policy in the South China Sea: Beneath the Surface. Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific . Palgrave Macmillan, London. ISBN 978-3-319-62827-1

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This volume takes readers beneath the surface of the South China Sea by exploring critical but under-researched issues related to the maritime territorial disputes. It draws attention to the importance of private sector, civil society, and subnational actors’ roles in the disputes and sheds light on key policy issues that are addressed less often in the literature. By going beyond mainstream analyses focused solely on issues of traditional security, resource economics, and international law, it offers a fresh and engaging look at the South China Sea disputes. The book is divided into five parts – historical foundations, enterprises, localities, people, and policy – and its chapters investigate historiography in the region, the global defense industry’s role as beneficiary of the disputes, tourism as a territorial strategy, the roles of provinces and local governments, disaster management, confidence-building measures, environmental and science diplomacy, and other topics seldom discussed in other analyses of the South China Sea disputes. The book’s diverse content and fresh perspectives make it an essential read not only for policymakers and those in the international relations community but also for all others interested in gaining a more well-rounded understanding of the many issues at stake in the South China Sea maritime territorial disputes.


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Writing the History of the South China Sea Disputes
Bill Hayton
Beneath the Surface of Consensus: The Development of Confidence-Building Measures Between the PRC and ASEAN in the South China Sea Disputes
Moises Lopes de Souza
South China Sea as a Microcosm of Chinese Foreign Policy and Prospects for Asian Polarization
Dean Karalekas

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