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Title: Fishing militia, the securitization of fishery and the South China Sea dispute
Authors: Zhang, Hongzhou
Bateman, Sam
Keywords: Fishing Militia
South China Sea Dispute
Social sciences::Political science
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Zhang, H., & Bateman, S. (2017). Fishing militia, the securitization of fishery and the South China Sea dispute. Contemporary Southeast Asia, 39(2), 288-314. doi:10.1355/cs39-2b
Series/Report no.: Contemporary Southeast Asia
Abstract: With fishery incidents emerging as a major threat to peace and stability in the South China Sea, a better understanding of the underlying causes of these incidents becomes important. Mainstream media, and a substantial body of academic literature, attribute these fishing incidents, and the growing presence of Chinese fishermen in the South China Sea, to China's strategic and political motives, claiming that these fishermen are actually fishing militia. Through revisiting the prevailing fishing militia narrative, this article argues that much wider economic and social factors are at work domestically in China, and that the international and regional scenes are more complex than the picture painted by purely viewing developments with China's fishing militia in isolation. This article also makes the case that fishing disputes in the South China Sea have been heavily securitized with profound implications for the ongoing territorial and jurisdictional disputes in those waters.
ISSN: 0129-797X
Rights: © 2017 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. All rights reserved.
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