China-US confrontation on South China Sea and its implications on ASEAN

Abdullahi Ayoade, Ahmad and Mohd Afandi, Salleh and Abdul Majid Hafiz, Mohamed and Suyatno, Ladiqi (2020) China-US confrontation on South China Sea and its implications on ASEAN. In: International Conference on Law and Globalisation 2020, 07-08 Nov 2020, UNISZA.

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The current development in the South China Sea (SCS) where China and US has been competing and flexing muscles with naval military technologies. China has laid claims to large swathes of sea and land formations amounts to 90% of the whole South China Sea. while, in opposition, the United States condemned Chinese Claims and considered it illegal in International Law of the Sea. As a result, US has increased the frequency of its Freedom of Navigation Operations (Fonops) to a level never seen before. The US Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group has carried on with a separate trilateral exercise with the Australian and Japanese forces in the Philippine Sea, while China's maritime authorities begin to issue notices about simultaneous military drills in multiple locations in the South China Sea, the Yellow Sea and the Bohai Gulf. The roles played by South China Sea in the world economy and security are so significant to the region and the world, it has been estimated at US$5 trillion per annual. Tensions and confrontation seems dangerous to the smoothness and peaceful navigation of the sea at present, especially on economy and security, and at the time when the world is experiencing the presence of Covid-19 pandemic at every levels. As such, the paper is aiming at analyzing the various disputes between China and the ASEAN counterparts on South China Sea. It will further shed light on why various early measures have failed to resolve the issue, the implication of the US involvement, and weather such involvement is also supported by ASEAN. Analytical and historical methods are applied in carrying out the research. The research will conclude with possible proposed future solution, while recommendations will be projected for various parties involved to avoid direct confrontations and keeping the continuity of its status quo or resort to final solution.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: US, China, ASEAN, South China Sea, Confrontation, Economy, Security, Covid-19
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Law & International Relations
Depositing User: Muhammad Akmal Azhar
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2020 07:17
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2020 07:17

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