Maritime Diplomacy: The Significance of ASEAN’s Single Political Action Towards the South China Sea Dispute Settlement Through A Maritime Security Approach


South China Sea conflict has become a significant discourse among international community; not just because China’s claim has breached the sovereignty of several states and shifting the world’s balance of power, but also because it challenges the stability on one of the world’s most important sea-routes. South East Asia is the region with the most concerns with six members are the claimant states against the ‘nine dash line’ claimed by China. Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) as the sole regional organization in South East Asia whose mandate is to maintain the stability of the region has the responsibility to take action towards the conflict itself. But having ASEAN involvement as a single political actor is not that simple. China loudly speaks up her rejection of ASEAN’s hand to settle the dispute. It comes harder when not all of the ASEAN member states stand on the same perspective regarding to this never ending dispute. This paper will deliver the arguments on how significant the role of non-claimant states as the neutral parties in contributing to the conflict resolutions as well as promoting the idea of ASEAN taking single political action in dealing with the conflict and how is actually it is giving impact toward the Unity of ASEAN itself. Within analyzing the implications of the conflict toward the Unity of ASEAN, this paper also elaborate the using of maritime diplomacy as a significant tool for the settlement of dispute and how to apply the concept through maritime security approach.

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Christine Anggi Sidjabat, Indonesia Defense University, Indonesia
Megawati Rosalio Putri, Indonesia Defense University, Indonesia

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Conference: ACAS2017
Stream: South-East Asian Studies (including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos)

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