Maritime Asia: A South Korean Perspective



While not as yet degenerating into armed conflict, the Asia-Pacific region is blighted by a number of tensions and disputes especially at sea. These, together with historic sensitivities and genuine diferences of opinion over international maritime law, result in occasional dangerous incidents, worsening public relations and limits to the level of cooperation needed to deal with non-state threats to common maritime security at sea. Most worryingly, the relationship of the two great maritime powers of the region is deteriorating. This raises important issues for South Korea and other countries in the region. South Korea is expanding its naval forces, not in order to participate in an incipient naval arms race, but so that it can play its part as an important ‘middle power’ in the enhancement of maritime peace and prosperity. If this is successful, other countries will follow suit.


Regional Nation Korean Peninsula Great Power Maritime Security Regional Maritime 
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