In the South China Sea territorial disputes, China has shifted from a delaying strategy characterized by strategic ambiguity to strategic clarity and an increasingly assertive stance. Yet, this power play, asserting sovereignty over a large portion of the South China Sea, has not prompted a decisive push-back from regional states or major powers, raising the question of what kind of norms China will bring to the regional order and indicating the difficulty of building rules-based order in a region characterized by unbounded power politics in a twenty-first-century Hobbesian struggle.
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Research Article| June 01 2020
East Asian Disorder: China and the South China Sea Disputes
Suisheng Zhao is Professor of Chinese and East Asian Politics and Security and Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, Colorado, USA. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Asian Survey (2020) 60 (3): 490–509.
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Suisheng Zhao; East Asian Disorder: China and the South China Sea Disputes. Asian Survey 1 June 2020; 60 (3): 490–509. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2020.60.3.490
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