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Contest for the South China Sea
Contest for the South China Sea
By Marwyn S. Samuels
Methuen, 1982, 203 pp

This is the first detailed study of the origins and possible consequences of the long-standing dispute among China, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines over the Paracel and Spratly Archipelagos in the South China Sea. This conflict over ocean resources, particularly oil, has already led to a dramatic naval battle between China and South Vietnam in 1974. It is bound to become more pertinent as China develops its maritime power.