Between May and July this year, China deployed a drilling rig in South China

Sea waters claimed by Vietnam as part of its exclusive economic zone. The

move heightened tensions between the two nations and caused several states

to weigh in on the side of Vietnam; the United States and Japan among them.


In his latest paper, “Vietnam, the United States and Japan in the South

China Sea,” Dr. Alexander Vuving examines what’s at stake in the disputed

waters in terms of economic and strategic value. He looks particularly at

Vietnam’s efforts to stake its claim in an area believed to be rich in fish

stocks, energy reserves and mineral ores. To read the paper, go to: