The South China Sea Territorial Disputes

  • Tilman Pradt


The territorial disputes of the South China Sea (SCS) are very important for China in terms of trade routes, natural resources (oil and gas), fishing grounds, and in strategic terms. The protracted nature of the conflicts, the number of claimants involved, and the presence of external actors (i.e., the USA) are factors that hinder any progress towards resolution of these disputes. Pradt meticulously outlines the history of the territorial disputes, presents the various claims, illustrates the relevance of the disputes to the claimants, and depicts the failed efforts to resolve them. This comprehensive analysis of the disputes – the Southeast Asian claimants’ perspective and China’s stance in the SCS conflicts – provide the necessary background knowledge for a deeper understanding of one of the world’s most conflicted areas.


Exclusive Economic Zone Energy Information Administration Territorial Dispute ASEAN Member Joint Exploration 
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  • Tilman Pradt
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  1. 1.Business Network MarketingBerlinGermany

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