Political Security

Title:

  The Nine Ironies of the South China Sea Mess

Author:

James Kraska

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

September 17, 2015

Description:

Since 2009, when China asked the secretary-general of the United Nations to circulate its nine-dashed line claim to the community of nations, the world has stood in bewilderment at Beijing’s actions in the South China Sea. Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines have the most to lose over China’s gambit, and the disparity in power between them and China leaves them confounded and stunned – and privately, apoplectic. China’s policies have created a dangerous mess in the South China Sea. The irony is palpably bitter on nine distinct levels. Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines hold the key to the best chance to fix the mess.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, International Law, UNCLOS, Historic Rights, Arbitration

Title:

  America Must Take a Stand in the South China Sea

Author:

Patrick Cronin

Source:

The National Interest

Date:

September 4, 2015

Description:

Navigating the stormy waters of the South China Sea will require a realistic U.S. foreign policy anchored by comprehensive power, deep engagement, and enduring principles. The South China Sea is center stage for Asia’s intensifying maritime competition [4].  China is incrementally but inexorably moving to assert its claim over the vast majority of that semi-enclosed body of water, which covers more than twice the area of Alaska.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, U.S.’ China Policy, Island Construction, U.S. Allies

Title:

  Collateral benefit and damage

Author:

Malcolm Cook

Source:

APPS Policy Forum

Date:

July 2015

Description:

The ruling in the case between China and the Philippines over competing claims in the South China Sea will strain relations between Manila and Beijing, but it’ll also impact Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as threatening ASEAN unity.

Tags: Commentary, ASEAN, South China Sea, UNCLOS, Arbitration, Taiwan