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Paracel &Spratly Islands-Conflict resolution Impeded by China:

Paper No. 5733   Dated 27-Jun-2014

(Dr Subhash Kapila was invited to participate in an International Workshop at Danang VIETNAM from June 19-22 2014 on South China Sea issues. The theme selected by him for his Presentation is as reflected in the Title and the contents of his Presentation are reproduced below)

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Introductory Observations

South China Sea: Indonesia Finally Sheds Strategic Ambiguity

Paper No. 5686                                         Dated 16-Apr-2014

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Indonesia finally shed its strategic ambiguity in March 2014 on the China-generated South China Sea conflicts by Indonesian officials asserting that China’s Nine Dash Line is in conflict with Indonesia’s maritime sovereignty around the Natuna Inlands in response to increased Chinese military activities in the Southern Segment of the South China Sea.

China Watching India-Japan Relations

Paper No. 5655                                                Dated 27-Feb-2014

By Bhaskar Roy

China has been cautiously, and with uncharacteristic restraint, watching the new flourish in India-Japan relations.

South China Sea: Explicit Assertion by United States Disputing China’s Nine Dash Line

Paper No. 5647                                         Dated 13-Feb-2014

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

The United States for the first time in response to China’s growing intransigence and brinkmanship in the Western Pacific on its maritime disputes in the South China Sea and the East China Sea has come out with an explicit assertion disputing China’s claims of sovereignty over virtually the entire South China Sea through its legally untenable Nine Dash Line.

South China Sea and ASEAN Chairmanship

Paper No. 5630                                        Dated 06-Jan-2014

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

Introductory Observations

South China Sea disputes involve five ASEAN nations whose sovereignty in different portions of this strategic sea region stand contested by China adopting a mixed strategy of political coercion, military brinkmanship and use of force to occupy its claimed islands and landforms.

South China Sea & Indo Pacific Politico-Strategic Dynamics

Paper No. 5590                                        Dated 01-Nov-2013

By Dr Subhash Kapila

The Paper on this subject was presented at the Russian Academy of Sciences, School of International Studies, Moscow, Russia at an International Conference  on “South China Sea : Security and Cooperation” October 18, 2013.

South China Sea Conflicts Ignited United States Pivot to Asia Pacific

Paper No. 5513                                       Dated 19-Jun-2013

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

The United States possibly would have preferred to delay its strategic pivot to Asia Pacific till 2014 by which time the planned draw-down of US military forces from Afghanistan would have commenced. China seems to have forced the US hand in doing so by igniting the South China Sea conflicts, first with Vietnam and then the Philippines markedly from 2008 onwards.

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