China Moves South: Human Rights Implications in the Paracel and Spratly Islands (St. James’s Studies in World Affairs)


Mai, Tam, PhD


Florida Atlantic University

Vietnam has claimed the Paracel and Spratly Island groups for hundreds of years. China’s invasion and capture of the Paracels from South Vietnam in 1974, and its ongoing occupation of the Spratlys, have created increasing opposition and anger not only among Vienamese citizens but worldwide. This book insists that China’s illegal violation of Vietnamese sovereignty rights in the Paracels and Spratlys has included serious human rights violations and decelerated the process of human emancipation.

Using both realist and critical theories in a comparative framework, China Moves South states that while realism may offer a reasonable approach to explaining China’s behavior, critical theory is a more appropriate lens to challenge China’s occupations. Employing critical theory and human rights law as methods of evaluation, this book insists that human rights and international law cannot sustain China’s continuing violations as defined by the United Nations Conventions on the Law of the Sea in 1982.

Additionally, China Moves South aims to provide government officials, international scholars, students, and other interested parties with a better understanding of Chinese’s illegal invasion and capture of the Paracels and Spratlys and, more importantly, to counsel urgent action to resist the Chinese occupation as China becomes more assertive in the vital waters of the South China Sea.

Asian Studies, International Relations, International Law, Asia-Pacific Region, Southeast Asia, Indochina, Human Rights, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Border Disputes, Maritime Law, Paracel Islands, Spratly Islands, South China Sea, Sino-Vietnamese Relations
Release Date: 
December 1, 2018
Hardcover: 978-1680534771
Trim Size: 
6 x 9

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