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Book review: Chinese Assertiveness in the South China Sea by Richard Turcsányi

By Ariane Combal-Weiss

24 May 2018

Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea (SCS) is a buzzword in the Asian strategic landscape. Perhaps only the DPRK nuclear crisis can compete among the top challenges to the ‘rules-based international order’ in Asia. But China’s rise and involvement in the SCS have a particular meaning, as they are major factors in the global power shifts of the 21st century. Yet the very notion of China’s ‘assertiveness’ is often taken for granted. The rationales, the characteristics and the factors underpinning Chinese growing assertiveness are rarely investigated. This is the gap Richard Turcsányi fills in his new study of Chinese behaviour in the SCS.

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