Accession Number : ADA326537

Title :   The Spratly Islands Dispute and U.S. National Security Interests.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Badger, Carlos S.

PDF Url : ADA326537

Report Date : 24 APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : The South China Sea is a major maritime route connecting the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Disputes have risen among several countries which have made conflicting claims to the islands and waters of the South China Sea. Among the disputed island claims are the Spratly Islands which are claimed in whole or part by Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Brunei. China (PRC), whose emerging leadership is under pressure to continue economic growth, is the principal threat and claims all of the disputed islands and most of the South China Sea basin. The Spratly Islands dispute has importance to U.S. national security interests because it has become the key focus for claims in the South China Sea. This paper will describe what the Spratly Islands dispute is about and how might its resolution affect U.S. national security interests.

Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY, *INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, *SOUTH CHINA SEA, *EAST WEST RELATIONS, MILITARY STRATEGY, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, THREAT EVALUATION, GEOPOLITICS, VIETNAM, INTERNATIONAL LAW, CHINA, TAIWAN, PHILIPPINES, POLITICAL NEGOTIATIONS, MALAYSIA.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE