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Title: Hainan Province in China’s South China Sea policy : What role does the local government play?
Authors: Li, Mingjiang
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Li, M. (2019). Hainan Province in China’s South China Sea policy : What role does the local government play?. Asian Politics and Policy, 11(4), 623-642.
Journal: Asian Politics and Policy
Abstract: This article explores the role of the local government in Hainan Province in Beijing’s policy in the South China Sea (SCS) disputes. The article argues that Hainan has played three major roles in the SCS disputes: an avid defender of China’s claim and position, an active definer of China’s interests in the disputes, and a helpful participant in asserting China’s national security in the SCS. The establishment of the Sansha city has significantly increased Hainan’s involvement in the SCS contestations. This article concludes that Beijing’s policy in the SCS is unlikely to become significantly more moderate partly because of Hainan’s strong position on the dispute and keen interest in the resources in the area. The article also recommends incorporating the views and activities of local governments in future studies on Chinese foreign and security policy.
ISSN: 1943-0779
DOI: 10.1111/aspp.12495
Rights: © 2019 Policy Studies Organization (Published by Wiley). All rights reserved. This paper was published in Asian Politics and Policy and is made available with permission of Policy Studies Organization (Published by Wiley).
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