Understanding China’s Behaviour in the South China Sea

A Defensive Realist Perspective

Authors: Raditio, Klaus H.

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  • Elaborates on the significance of China’s behaviour in asserting its claim in the South China Sea from the perspective of defensive realist theory
  • Argues that security dilemmas do apply in the South China Sea
  • Posits that the reassurance policy is proven to be successful in mitigating the security dilemma in the South China Sea
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This book analyses the origins of security dilemmas in the South China Sea (SCS) and the significance of China’s actions in asserting its claim from the perspective of defensive realist theory. In its analysis, the book argues that security dilemmas in the SCS first arose between China and other SCS claimants, and then between China and the United States. Research in this book provides significant support to the defensive realist theory vis-à-vis offensive realism. It encourages adopting a reassurance policy to reach a peaceful resolution to the SCS disputes between China, the other claimants, and the United States. The book will be useful for policymakers, academics, researchers and students.

About the authors

Klaus Heinrich Raditio received his PhD from the University of Sydney researching on China and the South China Sea. His Masters of Law in International Relations was awarded by Tsinghua University, Beijing.  

Reviews

“The primary contribution of the book is to bridge the gap between International Relations theory and area studies, focusing on China’s foreign and security policies and its relations with Southeast Asia and the US. This is quite an achievement and immediate contribution to the existing literature.” (Ralf Emmers, Professor of International Relations, RSIS, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

“Meticulously researched and eloquently presented, this balanced analysis offers a refreshing look at the rationales behind Beijing's SCS policy with theoretical rigor, empirical richness, and policy relevance. A welcome addition to the growing scholarship on the subject.” (Jingdong Yuan, Associate Professor of International Security, the University of Sydney, Australia)

“The book has shown the author’s excellent research capability in examining an empirical puzzle through a unique theoretical framework.” (Kai He, Professor of International Relations, Griffith University, Australia)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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Hardcover $109.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding China’s Behaviour in the South China Sea
Book Subtitle
A Defensive Realist Perspective
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-1283-0
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-1283-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-1282-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 209
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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