The Sino-American confrontation in the South China Sea: insights from an international order perspective

  title={The Sino-American confrontation in the South China Sea: insights from an international order perspective},
  author={Anisa Heritage and Pak K. Lee},
  journal={Cambridge Review of International Affairs},
  pages={134 - 156}
Abstract Conventional accounts of the South China Sea territorial disputes identify China’s assertive behaviour as the primary cause of the rising tension since the early 2010s. This paper goes beyond this traditional interpretation of the disputes by arguing that the territorial disputes are an expression of the broader contestation between two order-building projects by China and the United States (US). China’s assertive behaviour originates in its desire to promote a ‘historical’ and ‘post… Expand
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