THE SPRATLYS DISPUTE AND THE MAJOR POWERS

Wan Hassan, Wan Shawaluddin (2002) THE SPRATLYS DISPUTE AND THE MAJOR POWERS. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 7 (1).

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Abstract

The Spratly archipelago is made up of about 100 islands, coral reefs, shoals, atolls, and sand pits covering 160,000 square km, with the biggest, Itu Aba, about 600 acres. Because of its vast size and uninhabitable nature, no coastal state has been able to effect permanent settlement or exercise effective control over more than a small portion of the islets and the surrounding sea area. This encourage claims and counter claims made on the archipelago. The Spratlys are the most contested of the islands group in the South China Sea. There are six countries directly claiming ownership of the islands. The countries are the People’s Republic of China, Republic of China or Taiwan, Republic of Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. China and Vietnam are claiming the whole archipelago. Meanwhile the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei are only claiming part of the islands. Apart from the claimant states, the Spratly struggle also concerns the major powers. This paper focuses on the interests of the major powers which includes the United States, Soviet Union/Russia, Japan and China. What interests do the major powers have on the Spratlys? And to what extend do the major powers would respond if it falls to a prospectus enemy?

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: SPRATLYS DISPUTE, MAJOR POWERS, SPRATLY ARCHIPELAGO
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
Depositing User: MS NOR SUZIEYANA ABDUL MAJID
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2013 08:16
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 08:16
URI: http://repository.um.edu.my/id/eprint/525

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