TITLE

Vietnam's Objective in the South China Sea: National or Regional Security?

AUTHOR(S)
Tonnesson, Stein
PUB. DATE
April 2000
SOURCE
Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International & Strate;Apr2000, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p199
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Vietnam's interests in the South China Sea may be divided into traditional national security interests, and interests linked to the broader category of human security. This article examines Vietnam's policy in the South China Sea and its use of the Law of the Sea. Vietnam has doggedly upheld its claim to the whole of the Paracel and Spratly areas (Hoang Sa and Truong Sa) and has spent considerable resources in modernizing its naval and air forces. However, there seems to be a move away from a narrow focus on national security to a more broad-based concern for human security. This is connected with a trend towards a greater regional, less nationalist approach, which may give Vietnam a key role in resolving the multiple disputes in the South China Sea.
ACCESSION #
3166802

Tags: NATIONAL security;  INTERNATIONAL relations;  BOUNDARIES

 

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