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Order, Contestation and Ontological Security-Seeking in the South China Sea

  • Anisa Heritage
  • Pak K. Lee
Book

Part of the Governance, Security and Development book series (GSD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Anisa Heritage, Pak K. Lee
    Pages 1-23
  3. Anisa Heritage, Pak K. Lee
    Pages 139-163
  4. Anisa Heritage, Pak K. Lee
    Pages 165-206
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 229-265

About this book

Introduction

This book examines the South China Sea territorial disputes from the perspective of international order. The authors argue that both China and the US are attempting to impose their respective preferred orders to the region and that the observed disputes are due to the clash of two competing order-building projects. Ordering the maritime space is essential for these two countries to validate their national identities and to achieve ontological security. Because both are ontological security-seeking states, this imperative gives them little room for striking a grand bargain between them. The book focuses on how China and the US engage in practices and discourses that build, contest, and legitimise the two major ordering projects they promote in the region. It concludes that China must act in its legitimation strategy in accordance with contemporary publicly accepted norms and rules to create a legitimate maritime order, while the US should support ASEAN in devising a multilateral resolution of the disputes.

Anisa Heritage is Research Fellow in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, UK.

Pak K. Lee is Senior Lecturer in Chinese Politics and International Relations in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, UK.

Keywords

China freedom of navigation international order ontological insecurity South China Sea UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

Authors and affiliations

  • Anisa Heritage
    • 1
  • Pak K. Lee
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Politics and International RelationsUniversity of KentCanterburyUK
  2. 2.School of Politics and International RelationsUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

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