Being the most powerful State among the claimant countries, China has the decisive voice over the South China Sea dispute. China and ASEAN have reached the Declaration of the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea DOC) in 2002 when Beijing took a supple standpoint concerning the South China Sea dispute. However, from 2007 to 2008, Beijing began to have a more decisive access and once again the situation became tense.
By Dr. Trần Trường Thủy
Research Centre of the South China Sea, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam
The paper reviews the development in the South China Sea in recent years, especially the situation in the last two years. The first part assesses the general policies of the claimant countries over the South China Sea, particularly China’s policy – the strongest country which has the decisive voice over the South China Sea dispute as well as keeping the key…
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