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Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea and Southeast Asian responses

Chinas Durchsetzungsfähigkeit im südchinesischen Meer und die Antwort von Südostasien
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Thayer, Carlyle A.

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Abstract This article reviews Chinese assertive behaviour towards the Philippines and Vietnam over South China Sea issues in 2011. The article compares and contrasts Chinese diplomatic behaviour in the period before and after the adoption by ASEAN member states and China of Guidelines for the Implementation the Declaration on Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea in July. In the first period China aggressively asserted its claims to sovereignty by interfering with commercial fishing and oil exploration activities of vessels operating in the Exclusive Economic Zones of Vietnam and the Philippines. Both states resisted Chinese actions. The Philippines allocated increased funding for defence modernization, lobbied ASEAN states and shored up its alliance with the United States. Vietnam too protested Chinese action and undertook symbolic steps to defend national sovereignty. In the second period all states moved to contain South China Sea tensions from affecting their larger bilateral relations. It remains to be seen, however, if proposed confidence building measures will ameliorate Chinese assertiveness.
Keywords China; ASEAN; Vietnam; Philippines; Southeast Asia; seas; sovereignty; security; bilateral relations; international relations; conflict potential; conflict of interest; pressure-group politics; geopolitics
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords Political Science; Social Sciences; Philippines; South China Sea; Chinese assertiveness; force modernisation; Southeast Asia; 2000-2011
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 77-104
Journal Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 30 (2011) 2
ISSN 1868-4882
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works