Sharing the Resources of the Sourth China Sea

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Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, May 20, 1997 - Law - 280 pages
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All of the national claims to South China Sea area islands & ocean space have weaknesses. The dangerous & unstable state created by the unilateral actions of claimants & by the continuing opportunities for outside powers' involvement demand an appropriate measure. This book offers several possible regional interim solutions. The authors propose a regional multinational solution for part of the area because other alternatives appear impractical. Division or allocation of the features & ocean space among the competing claimants seems unfeasible because of sharp disagreements over the boundaries in dispute & over the appropriate equitable division. Serial bilateral negotiations might resolve some conflicting claims but would leave or create others; they also present problems of cost & efficiency. An institutionalized dialogue would add structure & stability to the discussions, & confidence-building measures (CBMs) could help move the situation forward, but neither would suffice as a solution. The creation of a regional multilateral resource management body could reduce the rife regional tension, however. Many international & regional precedents provide valuable lessons for regime-building in the South China Sea. The illustrations presented stimulate constructive discussion of a comprehensive multilateral interim solution to these difficult & dangerous conflicts. This book will interest & assist decision-makers, negotiators, & academics desirous of a peaceful solution to these disputes.
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
xi
THE REGIONAL POLITICAL CONTEXT OF THE PROBLEM 5
ii
ANALYZING THE SOUTH CHINA SEA CLAIMS UNDER
17
THE POLITICAL DIMENSIONS OF THE DISPUTES
77
APPROACHES AND HALFMEASURES 1 1
112
THE DANGER OF THE STATUS QUO
129
Authority
156
SecretaryGeneral
162
A Survey of Individual Organizations
168
Joint Development Precedents
183
AN IDEAL MARITIME REGIME
199
Proposals for Cooperation Emanating from the South
237
List of Figures
247
Index
273
About the Authors
279
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