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In January 2016, the RAND Corporation's Center for Asia Pacific Policy organized a conference on maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas. Participants discussed disputes stemming from rising nationalism and competition for natural resources, resulting in challenges to established power structures. As China's regional presence has increased, smaller nations have built coalitions with powerful states (such as the United States) and among themselves. In addition, competition for fish and hydrocarbon resources has made territorial resolution difficult to achieve. Although future trajectories seem to suggest increased confrontation over the East and South China Seas, several contributors to these proceedings offered ideas that individually or in combination might improve the prospects for negotiated settlements. The common theme of these ideas is to focus on economic collaboration with the hope that economic interdependence will set the stage for settling territorial disputes down the road.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction and Summary of the Proceedings

    Rafiq Dossani and Scott Warren Harold

  • Chapter Two

    Lessons from Global Experience in Resolving Maritime Disputes

    Yann-huei Song

  • Chapter Three

    Regional Approaches to Territorial Dispute Management

    Tetsuo Kotani

  • Chapter Four

    Navigating Through Troubled Waters by Joint Development

    Chunhao Lou

  • Chapter Five

    Emerging Strategies and Force Postures of Parties to the East and South China Sea Disputes

    Mira Rapp-Hooper

  • Chapter Six

    China's Troubled Waters in the East and South China Seas: A Taiwanese Assessment

    Cheng-yi Lin

  • Chapter Seven

    Fisheries Issues in Taiwan's Relationships with Japan and the Philippines

    Michael S. Chase

  • Chapter Eight

    Analysis of Taiwan's East China Sea and South China Sea Peace Initiatives

    Joanna Yu Taylor

  • Chapter Nine

    Understanding the Legal Aspects of Mutual Non-Denial and Cross-Strait Relations with Respect to the East and South China Sea Disputes

    Chun-i Chen

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