As seas provide natural resources and transportation routes, maritime security in East Asia is critical to the future development of all countries in the region. Nevertheless, in East Asia, many countries still continue to be locked in seemingly intractable maritime disputes with their neighbors. Traditionally exclusionist strategic policies, especially among the major powers, as well as armed and military supervised maritime borders in East Asia have served as obstacles to many potential opportunities in the region. In this context, countries in the region are faced with the task and challenge of resolving maritime disputes and using their seas peacefully.
By focusing on East Asia, the project addresses a region of the world with a long history of inter-state disillusionment and the enduring potential for violent conflict, where confidence and trust-building measures are urgently required. Specifically, novel approaches are needed to create win-win situations that enhance bilateral and regional cooperation for mutual benefit and dissolve conflict elements in a manner acceptable to all sides. Through this project, creating an opportunity for regional stakeholders, especially between scholars, military and policy-makers from China, Japan, Korea, the U.S. and ASEAN to engage in research and dialogues on the issue would provide a platform to explore ideas and ways to approach maritime disputes in East Asia and on how to develop the future of the sea as peaceful area for regional cooperation.
The Changing Power-Relations in the Indo-Pacific: Decoding New Delhi’s Strategic Outlook
Abstract The growing importance of the maritime sphere for trade and connectivity has made the seas and oceans arenas of stiff competition and contestation. There is intense tussle between the […]
The Question of Guam: A Pivotal Island’s Changing Realities
Abstract For decades, Guam has played an important role in U.S. military strategy. The two main military bases in the island, Anderson Air Force Base and Naval Base Guam, have […]
Balancing China in the Indo-Pacific: France Joins Hands with – India and Australia
Introduction Balancing China’s unilateral authoritarian outreach is increasingly becoming a priority for democratic powers. Among European powers, France has taken the lead in shoring up defenses against China. France is […]
Beyond the Management of the Reed Bank Collision
For more than two months before the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, visited China in late August, authorities from both countries had been dealing with a collision incident in […]
British Naval Activities in the South China Sea: a Double-Edged sword?
Since early 2019 the UK’s Royal Navy has increased its joint military exercises with the US Navy in the South China Sea. In mid-January the Royal Navy frigate Argyll and […]
Out of the “Slipstream” of Power? Australian Grand Strategy and the South China Sea Disputes
The following Asia Paper examines the continuing debate in Canberra as to how to address changing regional dynamics in Australian foreign policy. It argues that the South China Sea (SCS) […]