Non-claimant Perspectives on the South China Sea Disputes

Non-claimant Perspectives on the South China Sea Disputes

by Michael Wills, Abhijit Singh, Lee Jaehyon, Tiffany Ma, Yoji Koda, Rory Medcalf, Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto, Alice D. Ba, Mathieu Duchâtel, Jane Chan, and Thomas B. Fargo
January 1, 2016

The South China Sea is one of the most important and contested maritime spaces in the Asia-Pacific. This Asia Policy roundtable examines the perspectives, interests, and positions of key non-claimant states in the South China Sea disputes. With essays on Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the United States, ASEAN, and the European Union, this roundtable assesses the implications of the competing claims and instability in the South China Sea for both non-claimant states and the Asia-Pacific region.

The South China Sea is one of the most important and contested maritime spaces in the Asia-Pacific. This Asia Policy roundtable examines the perspectives, positions, and rising stakes of key non-claimants in the South China Sea disputes: Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, ASEAN, the European Union, and the United States.

Raising the Stakes: The Interests of Non-claimant States in the South China Sea Disputes
Tiffany Ma and Michael Wills

Rules, Balance, and Lifelines: An Australian Perspective on the South China Sea
Rory Medcalf

India’s Strategic Stakes in the South China Sea
Abhijit Singh

Out of Its Comfort Zone: Indonesia and the South China Sea
Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto

Japan’s Perceptions of and Interests in the South China Sea
Yoji Koda

South Korea and the South China Sea: A Domestic and International Balancing Act
Lee Jaehyon

Singapore and the South China Sea: Being an Effective Coordinator and Honest Broker
Jane Chan

The South China Sea’s Challenge to Autonomy and Agency
Alice D. Ba

Europe and Maritime Security in the South China Sea: Beyond Principled Statements?
Mathieu Duchâtel

Walking the Talk in the South China Sea
Thomas B. Fargo


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