Beijing is likely to face several challenges in its policy towards the South China Sea, from US military patrols to a possible new stance from Taiwan. South China Sea tension has been at the centre of AsiaPacific regional politics since 2009. However, since 2015, a new set of strategic dynamics has dominated regional tensions. In 2016, China is expected to face four challenges in its policy towards the South China Seaâ€”how it should respond to Americaâ€™s freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs); deal with a US-centred regional coalition that wants to curtail Chinaâ€™s positions; respond to the outcome of an international arbitration case initiated by the Philippines; and respond to a possible new stance from Taiwanâ€™s new leadership of the pro-independence Tsai Ingwen on the claims to the South China Sea.
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|