Assessing China’s South China Sea Policy, 2009-2015
2016-09-27 18:50:14 source：World Scientific
By ZHANG Feng
This paper identifies three phases of China’s South China Sea policy since 2009: reactive assertiveness from 2009 to 2011, forceful response from 2012 to 2013, and proactive adjustment from 2014 to the present. These three distinct phases suggest that China does not have a grand strategy for the South China Sea. The paper also assesses the consequences of China's island building in the South China Sea and the costs of its deliberate ambiguity on the international legal front.
ZHANG Feng is a Fellow at the Australian National University’s Department of International Relations and an Adjunct Professor at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies in China.