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The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia

The South China Sea The Struggle for Power in Asia A discerning account of simmering conflict in the South China Sea and why the world can t afford to be indifferent China s rise has upset the global balance of power and the first place to feel the s

  • Title: The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia
  • Author: Bill Hayton
  • ISBN: 9780300186833
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A discerning account of simmering conflict in the South China Sea and why the world can t afford to be indifferent China s rise has upset the global balance of power, and the first place to feel the strain is Beijing s back yard the South China Sea For decades tensions have smoldered in the region, but today the threat of a direct confrontation among superpowers grows evA discerning account of simmering conflict in the South China Sea and why the world can t afford to be indifferent China s rise has upset the global balance of power, and the first place to feel the strain is Beijing s back yard the South China Sea For decades tensions have smoldered in the region, but today the threat of a direct confrontation among superpowers grows ever likely This important book is the first to make clear sense of the South Sea disputes Bill Hayton, a journalist with extensive experience in the region, examines the high stakes involved for rival nations that include Vietnam, India, Taiwan, the Philippines, and China, as well as the United States, Russia, and others Hayton also lays out the daunting obstacles that stand in the way of peaceful resolution Through lively stories of individuals who have shaped current conflicts businessmen, scientists, shippers, archaeologists, soldiers, diplomats, and Hayton makes understandable the complex history and contemporary reality of the South China Sea He underscores its crucial importance as the passageway for half the world s merchant shipping and one third of its oil and gas Whoever controls these waters controls the access between Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Pacific The author critiques various claims and positions that China has historic claim to the Sea, for example , overturns conventional wisdoms such as America s overblown fears of China s nationalism and military resurgence , and outlines what the future may hold for this clamorous region of international rivalry.

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    1. Rather good study of the historical background of the territorial disputes over the South China Sea, but a bit lighter and more disorganized on more current events. Tends to attribute more agency to popular nationalism beyond governmental control, and almost completely omits the Taiwanese case at present.

    2. Nice book with a lot of information on South china sea topic. Sometimes too much detail can make you feel bored

    3. Bill Hayton has written an important book about a world hotspot that receives far too little attention in the United States and Europe now obsessed with Islamic terrorism, the refugee crisis and the mess in the Middle East. In the meantime, the South China Sea region continues to grow importance as a global economic powerhouse, while tensions mount between the increasingly aggressive China and its neighbors. The importance of South China Sea goes far beyond the region. For example, US$5.3 trilli [...]

    4. As a new student of the South China Sea conflicts, this book gave a good description of events from the beginning of history as we know (before lands were colonised, when people are known to be nomadic) up to early 2000. The analysis was easy to follow and made sound reasoning. Each issue was analysed from historical context to current domestic and international situations. The behavior of each country and whys are well thought of. Although, i lack reading yet on what they would argue in return. [...]

    5. An extraordinarily illuminating text on the South China Sea that is still very entertaining! I wrote a paper on the South China Sea and I took a lot of new information from Hayton's book. The most interesting part was his dive into the history of the area you to the colonial era - its not often talked about, and Hayton writes about it splendidly. His credentials as a journalist truly shine through. While it is a longer work, it is highly recommended to anyone interested in China, or any of the c [...]

    6. I agree with the author's recommendation that joint-oil development is the way forward as a win-win situation on this overlapping claims. I'm from Malaysia and I have worked in a joint-venture with Chinese National Oil Companies. We share our strength to reap the benefit of both countries. In addition, to my astonishment the author highlights thatthat the oil majors, despite their reputation as oil superpowers still rely on respective foreign offices to deal with governments that they have busin [...]

    7. Our modern economy relies on open access to the sea - and a significant amount of the world's annual merchant fleet tonnage passes through the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca each year, including almost a third of global crude oil shipments and over half of global liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments. Yet the South China Sea is highly contested territory, with emotional disputes involving China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Taiwan, and the Philippines, among others (NB: the disputes between Ch [...]

    8. Recommended if you want greater detail into the territorial disputes throughout the South China Sea. Great reference if you want to know how historical China's 9-dash line really is, or the significance of the myriad rocks (both underwater and barely above water) in the Paracels and Spratleys. It isn't riveting, like "Asia's Cauldron," but it has more detail and legal and historical analysis. Overall, I'd recommend it for anyone working in this region of the world (or serving, if they're in the [...]

    9. Books like this tend to lie right in my sweet spot for social reading. A big current topic, written by a journalist, but one who has taken the time to seriously engage with the academic literature. This is an excellent read for anyone interested in perhaps the hottest place for modern geopolitics since we all re-discovered Crimea on a map. The South China Sea is where we see the clearest expression of China's search for a new regional order and with it the region's response, including of course, [...]

    10. From rising sea levels due to climate change to acts of terror from various groups such as ISIS and jihadist radicals to global viral pandemics, China’s quest for hegemonic jurisdiction over the South China Sea might not be high up on some lists in regards to global trepidations. Bill Hayton’s The South China Sea—The Struggle for Power in Asia could not have arrived at a more crucial time. Hayton calls to attention the issues regarding China’s rising power in Asia and what it means for t [...]

    11. "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." - Albert EinsteinEvery enterprise has boundary conditions that it has to respect. In programming, there is the family of "NP-Complete problems" that do not lend themselves to exhaustive and efficient solutions - we just have to muddle through with heuristics and approximations. Muddling through is a good description of what all interested parties face when it comes to the South China Sea. Even from the very littl [...]

    12. This book is really good background on the conflict in the South China Sea. It covers a lot of ground including the history of the "nine dash line," how the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, created more problems than it solved, and the geostrategic issues. It is peppered with some rather humorous incidents throughout the years as well as extremely confrontations.The only issue unaddressed is the very real issue of fisheries protection. One issue that China has with its neighbors [...]

    13. A timely and well-balanced book about the hydra of economic, environmental resource-related, military, and above all territorial challenges confronting the continued shared use of the South China Sea, an area that Robert D. Kaplan has aptly termed "Asia's Cauldron." On p. 262 of this 269-page book, Hayton empathizes with "weary readers of this book [who] might, at this point, be wishing for a sizeable dose of climate change to raise sea level and submerge the features of the South China Sea alto [...]

    14. This was well written, very clear, and engaging. This book came out after the book by Robert Kaplan, Asia's Cauldron. The South China Sea is written more from and around individual stories, woven together well.I do recommend it. I believe that some readers will feel that the author is expressing or at least reflecting an opinion, he ends on a note of very guarded optimism that there may be a way out of confrontation.

    15. An unparalleled overview of the South China Sea, its competing claimants, and interconnecting issues. Hayton's years of experience as a journalist show in his top-level access to official sources and his on-the-ground research in remote locations. His writing is eloquent and witty with a healthy dose of realism. Ultimately, he ends on a hopeful note, which I found curious.

    16. The first three to four chapters of the book are its best parts. Very well-researched and offers a comprehensive overview of everything (at least the social, historical, and political side) you need to know about the territorial dispute.

    17. Events of the past year are rapidly outdating the last few chapters that deal with 'contemporary' issues, i.e. 2013-14, BUT that does not negate that lucidity and cogency of the content realting to the history of the region and the growing political instability of the region.

    18. Brilliant for a novice interested in the driving politics behind the South China Sea and possible way forward

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