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Introduction: Themes and Issues

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Abstract

Maritime Asia is the scene of both continuity and change. Rising tensions over the South and East China Seas have coincided with a major increase in the naval power of the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. The strategic relationship between China and the United States and the conflict between concepts of sea control and sea denial are at the heart of this turbulence. Local countries have to chart their own passages across these choppy waters.

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Maritime Security Defence Expenditure Rising Tension Military Strategy Strategic Relationship 
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    For the background to this see Sarah Raine and Christian Le Miere, Regional Disorder: The South China Sea Disputes (London: Routledge for the IISS, 2013).Google Scholar
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    Kate Hodal, ‘How Oil Rig Sparked a Power Struggle on Vietnam and China’s Maritime Frontline’ The Guardian, 18 July 2014. ‘A Game of Shark and Minnow’ New York Times Magazine, 28 October 2013.Google Scholar
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    See for example Aaron L. Friedberg, Beyond Air-Sea Battle: The Debate over US Military Strategy in Asia (Routledge for IISS, 2014).Google Scholar
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    Aaron L. Friedberg, Beyond Air-Sea Battle: The Debate over US Military Strategy in Asia (London: Routledge for the IISS, 2013).Google Scholar
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    See William A. Callahan, China: The Pessoptimist Nation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)Google Scholar
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    President Obama, ‘Remarks to the Australian Parliament’ The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, 17 November 2011.Google Scholar
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    US Department of Defense, Sustaining US Global Leadership: Priorities for the 21st Century, January 2012, pp. 1–3;Google Scholar
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    Vice-President Biden quoted in Mark Landler, ‘Biden Tries to Soothe Asia Tension’ International New York Times, 7–8 December 2013.Google Scholar

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