The South China Sea : the struggle for power in Asia / Bill Hayton.Material type: BookPublisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, Description: xviii, 298 pages : maps ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780300186833 (hardcover); 0300186835 (hardcover); 9780300211726; 0300211724.Subject(s): Law of the sea -- South China Sea | Sea control -- Political aspects -- South China Sea | South China Sea -- International status | South China Sea -- Strategic aspectsDDC classification: 341.450916472 Online resources: Book review (H-Net)
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 270-288) and index.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 270-284) and index.
Wrecks and wrongs : prehistory to 1500 -- Maps and lines : 1500 to 1948 -- Danger and mischief : 1946 to 1995 -- Rocks and other hard places : the South China Sea and international law -- Something and nothing : oil and gas in the South China Sea -- Drums and symbols : nationalism -- Ants and elephants : diplomacy -- Shaping the battlefield : military matters -- Cooperation and its opposites : resolving the disputes.
China's rise has upset the global balance of power, and the first place to feel the strain is Beijing's back yard: the South China Sea. For decades tensions have smoldered in the region, but today the threat of a direct confrontation among superpowers grows ever more likely. This important book is the first to make clear sense of the South Sea disputes. Bill Hayton, a journalist with extensive experience in the region, examines the high stakes involved for rival nations that include Vietnam, India, Taiwan, the Philippines, and China, as well as the United States, Russia, and others. Hayton also lays out the daunting obstacles that stand in the way of peaceful resolution.