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Sébastien Colin
p. 5-11


The multiple tensions that have existed in the China Seas since the late 2000s, manifested in the inflexibility of narratives relating to sovereign rights or in provocations and skirmishes at sea, have made it necessary to analyse more thoroughly the maritime and foreign policies of the states involved. These analyses are even more important now that power relations are being expressed with more force in the South China Sea as well as the East China Sea in recent years. This is borne out by the firmer action taken by states, such as China’s construction of civilian and military infrastructure in the Spratlys, Japan’s nationalisation of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in September 2012, and the arbitration proceedings initiated by the Philippines in January 2013. More recently, between October 2015 and May 2016, the United States held three Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOP), indicating that apart from territorial disputes between neighbouring countries, the geopolitical situation in the China Seas is primarily the result of the Sino-American strategic rivalry. Without aiming to be comprehensive, this special feature studies some aspects of China’s policy towards the China Seas. (…) The four articles that structure this special feature each shed light in their own way on Chinese policy toward the China Seas. They discuss security issues, actors’ strategies, cooperation, and naval power. …

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Bibliographical reference

Sébastien Colin, « Editorial », China Perspectives, 2016/3 | 2016, 5-11.

Electronic reference

Sébastien Colin, « Editorial », China Perspectives [Online], 2016/3 | 2016, Online since 01 September 2016, connection on 19 September 2019. URL :

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Sébastien Colin

Sébastien Colin, associate professor at INALCO, Paris, has been on assignment at CEFC as researcher and deputy chief editor of ChinaPerspectives since 1 September 2014 (

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