Writing the History of the South China Sea Disputes

  • Bill Hayton
Part of the Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific book series (CSAP)


There has been a rapid expansion of published writing on the South China Sea disputes in recent years but relatively little exploration of the disputes’ historic roots. Most of the accounts rely on a relatively small number of works published in the 1970s and 1980s. These reflect the state of knowledge about the issues at those times. The consequence is that contemporary debates about the disputes are being framed by the parameters set 40 years ago. Yet, a careful survey of those early works reveals a lack of primary source material and historical context.


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  • Bill Hayton
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  1. 1.Asia Programme, Chatham HouseLondonUK

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