Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Organization of the Book
Chapter 3. Relevant Theories and Their Application
Chapter 4. Geopolitical Context
Chapter 5. China’s Realpolitiks
Chapter 6. Flashpoints Surrounding the South China Sea
Chapter 7. Chinese Military Expansion and Modernization
Chapter 8. Indian Ambitions, Interests and Strategies
Chapter 9. Legal and Historical Aspects of the South China Sea Disputes
Chapter 10. End of the ASEAN Centrality?
Chapter 11. Relevant Powers’ Involvement in the Imbroglio
Chapter 12. Likely Scenario Development
Chapter 13. Suggestions
About the Author
Keywords: The South China Sea, The East China Sea, The Bay of Bengal, Malacca Strait, Vietnam, the Philippines, The UNCLOS, Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPS), People’s Liberation Army –Navy(PLAN), Spratly, Nansha, Paracel, Nine-Dash-Line, First-Island-Chain, bellwether, Transition, Alliance, Alignment, Indo-Pacific Region.
Audience: Policy planners, politicians, diplomats, academicians, researchers, military officials, UN bodies, think tanks, security experts, students, and faculties especially of social sciences, International Business, Strategic Management, Civil Society.
“A well reasoned and timely study on burning security issues and policies of countries in East and Southeast Asia by political realist and military strategist from the region. The analysis includes assessment of capabilities and potential of rising China, declining America, struggling but fragmented ASEAN, and binding India, Japan, and other regional sea powers.” – Professor Radomir Compel, Nagasaki University</strong>
“General Aminul Karim’s new study, Geopolitics of the South China Sea in the Coming Decades, comes on the heels of his earlier work, 21st Century High Politics in the Indo-Pacific and the Bay of Bengal, is an attempt to understand the complex and complicated security issues confronting the region. With his masterly grasp, unrivaled understanding of the geopolitical dynamic of the area, and his inimitable ability to view the problems from a practical perspective, General Karim has made an invaluable contribution to the subject. Anyone interested in the region and the threats that it portends will find this book quite invaluable.” – <strong>Professor Gowher Rizvi, Former Director, Ash Institute, Kennedy School, Harvard University, Author of South Asia in the New Global Order