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The South China Sea: The Long Road Towards Peace And Cooperation

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The long road towards peace and cooperation in the South China Sea (SCS) started back in the late 1980s. The rapid economic development of the countries around the SCS, particularly China, led to a scramble for the natural resources of the SCS, both living and non-living. Despite many concerns and reservations at that time, all of us in ASEAN agreed to try to manage the potential conflicts in the SCS and to convert them as much as possible to cooperation. One of the most important issues in the South China Sea was the question of Joint Development (JD) or Joint Cooperation (JC). The technical working group (TWG) on Resources Assessment (TWG-RA) agreed that the JD had excellent potential, and that we should study the various concepts or models of joint development around the world and to learn from them what could be applied to the SCS area.

Keywords: ASEAN; cooperation; joint development (JD) concept; peace; South China Sea (SCS)



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