Pan-Tonkin Gulf cooperation : de-securitising the South China Sea?
Date of Issue2008
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
The South China Sea territorial dispute is the last but still salient security issue between China and several ASEAN countries. the emerging Pan-tonkin Gulf Regional Economic cooperation scheme has the potential to further de-securitise the South China Sea dispute and forge cooperation in many areas. The Pan-Tonkin Gulf proposal, if adopted, will turn the South China Sea into an "internal lake" of this regional economic zone.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science::Political institutions::Asia
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