China's frail historical claims to the South China and East China Seas

Author
J. Bruce Jacobs
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Abstract
China has recently attempted to use military force to back up alleged historical claims to the South China Sea and East China Sea; however, upon closer examination, the claims do not hold up. China's belligerent attempts to enforce its claims in the South and East China Seas endanger peace in Asia. China appears unlikely to accept any reasonable proposals that respect history and geography. Southeast Asian nations and other interested countries, like the United States and Australia, must maintain a military presence to deter Chinese aggression while attempting to negotiate a peaceful settlement with China.
Topic
International Law, Sovereignty, History, Territorial Disputes, Governance
Political Geography
United States, China, Asia, Australia, East China, South China