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China's Naval Operations in the South China Sea
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China's Naval Operations in the South China Sea

ISBN 978-1-898823-67-4

Bruce Elleman


Many other countries outside of the region worry about the protection of sea lines of communication for military and commercial traffic, oil tankers in particular. These differences have been expressed in the increasing frequency and intensity of maritime incidents, involving both naval and civilian vessels, sometimes working in coordination against naval or civilian targets.

China’s Naval Operations in the South China Sea provides a history of the SCS conflict and lays out the stakes for each of the bordering states including focused chapters on Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Indonesia, plus examining the U.S. government’s role in the region. Each chapter on the littoral states will closely examine that state’s territorial claims to the islands and waters of the SCS, its primary economic and military interests in these areas, its views on the sovereignty disputes over the entire SCS, its strategy to achieve its objectives, and its views on the U.S. involvement in any and all of these issues.