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Dividing ASEAN and Conquering the South China SeaChina's Financial Power Projection$
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Daniel C. O'Neill

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9789888455966

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888455966.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

The Rise of China in the South China Sea

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Dividing ASEAN and Conquering the South China Sea
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Daniel C. O'Neill

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888455966.003.0001

This chapter introduces the rival territorial claimants, all of whom, besides China and Taiwan, are members of ASEAN, and their claims in the South China Sea. It provides historical background for several of the claims to the Paracel and Spratly island chains, focusing on those of China, which has been most successful in actualizing its claims. It analyses the shifts over time in China’s foreign policy in the region, highlighting efforts at cooperation near the turn of the century and China’s more aggressively asserting its claims in recent years. It lays out the two tales the book tells: the story of China’s efforts to divide ASEAN in pursuit of its territorial claims and the broader story of how China uses its financial power to influence foreign governments in developing states. The chapter also provides a justification for the selection of the three case studies in the book: China’s relations with Cambodia, the Philippines, and Myanmar, emphasizing variation in the key variable of political regime type. Finally, it introduces each subsequent chapter.

Keywords:   ASEAN, China, Paracel Islands, South China Sea, Spratly Islands, territorial claims

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