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Book chapter

THE SOUTH CHINA SEA ISSUE IN THE EMERGING INDO-PACIFIC REGION

P. 25-50.

The South China Sea issue still lives up to its reputation a hot topic in the Asia-Pacific international politics. The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) decision of 2016 coupled with the pending reduction of the U.S. interests to Southeast Asia under the Trump administration amply suggests that in the transformation of the South China Sea problem, not only its internal features, but its external milieu looms all the larger. Among the factors that shape this milieu, the emerging Indo-Pacific region is raising in significance.