Introduction: Themes and Issues
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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.
KeywordsMaritime Security Defence Expenditure Rising Tension Military Strategy Strategic Relationship
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