South China Sea: Energy and Security Conflicts takes on such troubling questions as the impact of this conflict on global oil and gas prices; China's growth both economically and as a regional military hegemon; and the recent, often rocky, international efforts to mediate the conflict. In addition to policy recommendations for peaceful resolutions to this emerging international challenge, the book includes maps, graphs, primary sources, and overviews of key players-individual and institutional-in what may well be the next great conflict in East Asia.
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 238 x 156 x 17 mm
Daniels provides a straightforward, accessible primer to the potentially most explosive area in Asia-the South China Sea. Seven countries (China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Brunei) put forth competing claims to all or to part of the sea and its seabed. China, with its energy needs and a more nationalistic stance, has asserted a commanding control over the region to gain access to the oil and natural gas reserves under the sea. Daniels finds the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea outdated and ineffective in dealing with the potential conflicts in the South China Sea. While he notes the US has refrained from taking sides, he urges the US to use its influence to affect a peaceful resolution to the rising conflicts among these parties. Complete with a timeline of key events, leaders, and institutions; the texts of international treaties on the issue, maps, and an extensive bibliography. A specialized work, but one of value in light of the potential for geopolitical conflicts in the coming decade. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. * CHOICE *
South China Sea: Energy and Security Conflicts is a valuable hand book on the causes of the dispute over territorial claims in the South China Sea. . . .There is a great need for books like Professor Daniel's to shed light on China's plans for geopolitical and geostrategic influence in the seas to the Chinese mainland. * Center for Research on Geopolitics *