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Brokering Cooperation Amidst Competing Maritime Claims: Preventative Diplomacy In The Gulf Of Thailand And South China Sea

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This chapter examines some of the issues and challenges that arise in the context of maritime cooperation in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. An overview of the geographical and geopolitical context is offered, together with a brief assessment of the key maritime interests at stake. The chapter then presents an assessment of the baselines, claims to maritime jurisdiction, and related agreements, including those involving maritime joint development, existing in the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand. Claims inconsistent with the relevant provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOS Convention) are highlighted, in particular claims based on alleged historic rights. The problematic issue of dealing with islands in the South China Sea context is also explored. The chapter then considers efforts towards enhancing maritime cooperation, management and dispute resolution.

Keywords: Gulf of Thailand; LOS Convention; maritime cooperation; South China Sea



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