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The Spratly Dispute: A Challenge To Peace In The South China Sea

Radziah, Abdul Rahim (1995) The Spratly Dispute: A Challenge To Peace In The South China Sea. Masters thesis, Keele University.

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Abstract

The post-Cold War has unleashed a series of skirmishes between states that had been suppressed by the superpowers rivalry. In the South China Sea, the territorial contest for the Spratly Islands between six littoral states - the People's Republic of China (China), the Republic of China (Taiwan), Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei - has flared up and increased tensions among the protagonists. The development in the area is also being observed with apprehension by neighbouring countries and others like Japan and the United States which have interests in the area. An armed confrontation in the Spratly area would disrupt the sea lanes of communication which is vital to the economy of these countries. Informal workshops have been hosted by Indonesia to facilitate the process of problem-solving among the protagonists. Proposals have also been made by scholars to encourage cooperation and joint development in the area. In addition, ASEAN is seeking ways to address the threat to regional stability through its ASEAN Regional Forum.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: International Relations, South China Sea, Territorial Contest, Spratly Islands
Subjects: J Political Science > JX International law
Divisions: Faculty and School System > Faculty of International Studies
Depositing User: Mr Ku Rosyidi Ku Md Razi
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2009 02:52
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2013 12:08
URI: http://etd.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/748

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