China's Approaches to the South China Sea Code of Conduct Negotiation

Feng Zhang

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    China is pressing ahead with the negotiation on a code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea with remarkable resolve. The new COC-centred diplomacy was motivated to suppress the impact of the Philippines versus China arbitral ruling, de-escalate regional tension and promote cooperation, especially the Belt and Road Initiative. It also serves as a broad strategic goal, i.e. preserving stability by banishing the ruling and creating a new diplomatic process with China exercising some control.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)77-86
    JournalEast Asian Policy
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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