Publié le 01/09/2014


The strategic position and economic value of hundreds of small islands in the South China Sea have provoked claims of sovereignty from most of the neighboring states.

China in particular has denied all other countries’ claims and adopted a position which pays little heed to international legal arrangements. In addition, China is opposing multilateral procedures which could help resolve the conflict with Japan or Vietnam, and potentially with Washington too.


Article published in Politique étrangère, Vol. 79, No. 3, Fall 2014 [1]