Sharing the Resources of the South China Sea

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This book offers several possible regional interim solutions to the South China Sea disputes. All of the national claims to both islands and ocean space in the area have weaknesses. An interim solution is needed urgently because the status quo is dangerous and unstable, because of unilateral actions by the claimants and continuing opportunities for involvement by outside powers. A regional multinational solution for part of the area is proposed because other alternatives do not appear to be practical. The creation of a regional multilateral resource management body has the potential to reduce the tension currently rife in the region. Many international and regional precedents provide valuable lessons for regime building in the South China Sea. The options presented are only illustrations designed to stimulate constructive discussion on a comprehensive multilateral interim solution to these difficult and dangerous disputes. This book should be helpful to decision-makers, negotiators, and academics desirous of a peaceful solution to these disputes.
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'From an international law perspective, chapter III of the book under review is one of its most interesting parts. The first part of chapter III analyzes the legal merits of the claims of the states involved to the Spratly Islands and the second part looks at the rules of international law applicable to the delimitation of maritime zones in the area of the Spratly Islands. Although this part of the book is mostly intended to set the stage for the analysis of the various options for cooperative arrangements, its importance should not be underestimated. The authors note that as 'the principles of international law may play a key role in resolving these disputes, it is useful to sort out the issues so that the strengths and weaknesses of the claims under international law can be understood'.'
Alex G. Oude Elferink, Netherlands International Law Review, 1999.
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Table of Contents

I.Introductory Overview. II. The Regional Political Context of the Problem. III. Analyzing the South China Sea Claims Under International Law. IV. The Political Dimensions of the Disputes. V. Approaches and Half-Measures. VI. The Danger of the Status Quo. VII. The Allocation Option. VIII. The Regional Multilateral Cooperative Regime Option: Managed Sharing of a Regional Commons. IX. An Ideal Maritime Regime. Appendix 1: Descriptions of Spratly Features. Appendix 2: Proposals for Cooperation Emanating from the South China Sea Dialogue. List of Figures. List of Tables. List of Plates. Index. About the Authors.

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