Accession Number : ADA362458

Title :   Maritime Economic Interests & the Sea Lines of Communication Through the South China Sea.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Noer, John H. ; Gregory, David

PDF Url : ADA362458

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : The U.S. Navy has long been assigned the mission of helping to protect the Sea Lines of Communication (SLOCs) of Southeast Asia. During the Cold War, the mission was viewed in strategic military terms: the U.S. needed to be able to move military supplies through the region in crises, and deny the SLOCs to the Soviets. Now that the Soviet threat has diminished, what national economic interests are at stake? In early 1995, Secretary of State Christopher issued a warning to the nations quarreling over the Spratly Islands. The U.S. does not take sides in this dispute, but will not accept the disruption of trade passing through the South China Sea. This study shows that the American position is based on direct national economic interest, as well as quasi-altruistic concern for the welfare of other nations.

Descriptors :   *COMMERCE, *ECONOMICS, *NAVAL OPERATIONS, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, *SOUTH CHINA SEA, MILITARY SUPPLIES, NATIONS, UNITED STATES, EMERGENCIES, THREATS, NAVY, COLD WAR, SOUTHEAST ASIA, SOCIAL WELFARE, WARNING SYSTEMS.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE