China's Ambitions in the South China Sea


Marvin C. Ott

Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 71


Washington, D.C.: East-West Center

Publication Date: September 29, 2010
Binding: electronic
Pages: 2
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At the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in July 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to her Chinese counterpart's evident surprise and consternation, put the South China Sea issue in the spotlight of international attention. Since its founding, the People's Republic of China has published maps showing a maritime boundary--"the nine-dotted line"--that was first promulgated by the Republic of China in 1936 and encompassed the entire South China Sea. While Beijing's other boundary claims, such as those regarding Tibet and those in dispute with India and the Soviet Union, sparked immediate controversy, the expansive notion of China's maritime boundary generated relatively little attention until recently. Marvin C. Ott sheds light on China's ambitions in the South China Sea

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