South China Sea Dispute

Kasper Buch Tanderup, Emil Juhler Grinderslev & Asser Laurits Svend Tønnesen-Højbjerg

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


China is rising rapidly in terms of economics, military spending, sphere of influence and claims to in their view former territory. This paper has aimed to discuss the latter through analysis of the present dispute concerning islands and maritime territory in the South China Sea. The Chinese have become increasingly assertive in their claims formulated through a U-shaped line entailing most of the area within the South China Sea. The claims are contested by Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and Brunei and is indeed threatening the stability of the region. Whereas the major IR schools have different explanations to the dispute this paper uses the English School to examine the contention. The chapters include a discussion of the importance of, in English School terms, institutions such as international law, legitimacy, and sovereignty. The benchmarks; Political rhetoric and state conduct have been used to examine the major incidents through recent history of the contention. Through the frame of the English School this paper have attempted to provide a nuanced characterization of the contention.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato28 maj 2017
Antal sider47
VejledereLaust Schouenborg


  • China
  • South China Sea
  • English School