A Conflict Evaluation: Assessing China’s Interests In The South China Sea
AuthorEulano, Alec Cole
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AbstractThis paper explores the interests that China holds within the South China Sea. Firstly, it details the validity of China’s historic claims to the South China Sea, as well as the international laws dictating territorial rights. Along with assessing the legality of their occupation, this paper assesses the concrete, or tangible, and conceptual, or intangible, benefits of controlling the South China Sea. Issues such as the oil reserves, the fisheries, and the amount of trade in the South China Sea is assessed in relation to China’s interests and possible gains. This also includes the effects of occupation on their nationalism, and the hypothetical gains in military or global leverage. While mostly focusing on China, this paper briefly touches upon neighboring countries’ competing interests as well as assessing their effect on China’s role in occupying the South China Sea. Finally, it argues that the main compelling interest for China is the military utility gained by securing the South China Sea.
Degree ProgramHonors College