Appeasement DA 2 - Michigan7 2013

Appeasement disadvantage 7 week juniors michigan 2013

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Unformatted text preview: to discuss the dispute in any multilateral context, fearing that it will facilitate the formation of a front against China. The Southeast Asian claimants, however, are adamant that they must deal with China as a coalition, with Manila particularly insistent that ASEAN must negotiate a common position before negotiating with China. The result is a stand­off: the Philippines insists that ASEAN must find a common position before negotiating with China, while China will only negotiate if ASEAN abandons the search for a common position. International law also intensifies the dispute. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea does not recognise China’s historical claims, and therefore cannot serve as the basis for an adjudication of the dispute. Worse, because international law relies on unbroken longevity of claims as the basis for adjudication, none of the parties to the South China Sea dispute can allow others’ claims to pass uncontested, in case this is taken as evidence of its relinquishing of its claim. The result is a steady drum beat of hydrocarbon prospecting, fishing, the occupation of islets, and maritime clashes. Policy Implications There is a great deal at stake in the South China Sea. The dynamics of this issue will impact on China’s evolving international personality, the response of its neighbours to its rising power, and the longevity of the United States...
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