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Development and Settlement of Disputes, U-Shaped Line and Maritime Delimitation

Implications of recent incidents for China’s claims and strategic intent in the South China Sea (part 2)

South China Sea

Implications of recent incidents for China’s claims and strategic intent in the South China Sea (part 2)

Scott Bentley
The Strategist

>>  China’s claims and strategic intent in the South China Sea (part 1)

When discussing China’s South China Sea (SCS) strategy, it’s necessary to begin by asserting that there is in fact a strategy that’s readily discernible from public documents and pronouncements. Though there’s been some disagreement over the degree of coordination between operational units and the central government, with some analysts even questioning if Beijing actually has a discernible strategy in these areas, others have contended that China does in fact have a plan—one that it regards as increasingly successful in achieving its desired objectives. According to Peter Dutton (PDF), the Director of the Chinese Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) at the US Naval War College, this strategy is centred on the use of ‘non-militarized coercion’ that has provided…

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