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IMPORTANT NEW STUDY ON THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DISPUTES

IMPORTANT NEW STUDY ON THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DISPUTES
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26 Jan 2017

We are pleased to announce that Renaissance Books will be publishing Bruce Elleman’s

China’s Naval Operations in the South China Sea: Evaluating Legal, Strategic and Military Factors. Planned publication date: October 2017

  ISBN 978-1-898823-67-4 * 276pp * Hardback * £55.00

This highly topical book examines the evolving perception of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) of the South China Sea (SCS), and Beijing’s accompanying maritime strategy to claim them, particularly in the context of the strategies of the neighbouring stake-holding nations. In addition to long-standing territorial disputes over the islands and waters of the SCS, China and the other littoral states — Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Indonesia — have growing and often mutually exclusive interests in the offshore energy reserves and fishing grounds.

 

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.

 

Bruce A. Elleman is William V. Pratt Professor of International History in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies, U.S. Naval War College, with a M.Sc. in International History from LSE (1985) and a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University (1993). His specialisation includes Chinese, Japanese, and Russian history, East Asian international relations, Sino-Soviet diplomatic history, and Chinese military history. He is the author of Diplomacy and Deception: The Secret History of Sino-Soviet Diplomatic Relations, 1917–1927 (1997); Modern Chinese Warfare, 1795–1989 (2001, translated into Chinese); Wilson and China: A Revised History of the Shan­dong Question (2002); plus co-editor, with Stephen Kotkin and Clive Schofield, of Beijing’s Power and China’s Border: Twenty Neighbors in Asia (2013).