Conflict in the South China Sea
Great Decisions 2017 | Topic 3
The South China Sea is a locus of competing territorial claims, and China its most vocal claimant.
The South China Sea is a locus of competing territorial claims, and China its most vocal claimant. Beijing’s interest has intensified disputes with other countries in the region in recent years, especially since China has increased its naval presence. Despite rising international pressure, including an unfavorable ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, China staunchly defends its policies in the region. Preventing tensions from boiling over is a matter of careful diplomacy.
Great Decisions Resources
- Index to Great Decisions Topics
- Global Discussion Questions
- Introduction: Continuity and Change in American Foreign Policy
- China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress
- The South China Sea: Assessing U.S. Policy and Options for the Future
- The South China Sea in Focus: Clarifying the Limits of Maritime Dispute
- The World According to Xi Jinping