Power Politics in Asia’s Contested Waters

Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea

  • Enrico Fels
  • Truong-Minh Vu

Part of the Global Power Shift book series (GLOBAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. High Waves in the South China Sea

  3. China Rising

  4. Southeast Asia’s Responses

  5. Important Non-claimant Actors

  6. The Way Forward

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 541-546

About this book


This volume offers a comprehensive and empirically rich analysis of regional maritime disputes in the South China Sea (SCS). By discussing important aspects of the rise of China’s maritime power, such as territorial disputes, altered perceptions of geo-politics and challenges to the US-led regional order, the authors demonstrate that a regional power shift is taking place in Asia-Pacific. The volume also provides in-depth discussions of the responses to Chinese actions by SCS claimants as well as by important non-claimant actors.


Asia-Pacific Balance of Power China’s Rise Geopolitics Maritime Disputes Power Shift SCS Disputes Sino-US Competition South China Sea Territorial Disputes

Editors and affiliations

  • Enrico Fels
    • 1
  • Truong-Minh Vu
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Global StudiesUniversity of BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.and HumanitiesUniversity of Social SciencesHo Chi Minh CityVietnam

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