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The Changing Maritime Scene in Asia: Rising Tensions and Future Strategic Stability

  • Geoffrey Till

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Geoffrey Till
    Pages 1-8
  3. Cai Penghong
    Pages 37-48
  4. C. Raja Mohan
    Pages 49-58
  5. Sukjoon Yoon
    Pages 92-113
  6. Yann-huei Song
    Pages 114-127
  7. Geoffrey Till
    Pages 128-142
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 143-149

About this book


Is naval conflict in the Asia-Pacific region becoming more likely? On the face of it, this seems likely; nearly all countries in the region are rapidly modernising their navies and expanding their maritime capabilities at a time of increasingly rancorous disputes over sovereignty. This is especially the case in the East and South China Seas, with their supply of fish and largely untapped resources in oil and gas. Across the region there is a growing recognition of the economic importance of the sea, both for its resources and for the crucial shipping it facilitates. But economic growth goes both ways, developing increasing interdependence between the countries of the region. Expanding trade is subject to serious threats from pirates, drug-smugglers and other forms of maritime crime, and navies and coastguards are coming together to combat them. Which will prevail, the tendency to compete, or the tendency to cooperate? In reviewing the maritime policies of the major countries of the region, this volume aims to answer this question.


Asia Asian Politics Asia-Pacific Naval development China Naval Dispute Piracy Japan South Korea Maritime Crime conflict crime stability

Editors and affiliations

  • Geoffrey Till
    • 1
  1. 1.Rajaratnam School of International StudiesNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore

About the editors

Sam Bateman, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), Australia Cai Penghong, Shanghai Institute for International Studies, China. Euan Graham, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore Yoji Koda, Japan Defense Academy, Japan C. Raja Mohan, Observer Research Foundation, India Evan N. Resnick, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore Yann-huei Song, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan Hugh White, Australian National University, Australia

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