Line in the waters,South China Sea

Line in the waters: The South China Sea dispute and its implications for Asia

Line in the Waters looks at emerging security dynamics in the Southeast Asian littorals and their impact on Asian geopolitics and security. It presents country perspectives of the strategic implications of recent developments in the South China Sea, their implications for maritime security and the regional balance of power. After an Arbitral Tribunal pronounced a verdict in July 2016, invalidating China’s historical rights in the South China Sea, there is fear that the dispute might turn into a flashpoint for conflict. Beyond dwelling on the strategic deadlock that characterises the current state-of-play, contributors outline possible solutions and a way forward.


  • Arbitration on the South China Sea: Implications for Maritime-Asia | Abhijit Singh
  • Freedom of Navigation: A Critical Security Imperative | Jeff M. Smith
  • The Sino-US Security Dilemma: The Root Cause and Way Out | Teng Jianqun
  • Singapore's Security Dilemma | Koh Swee Lean Collin
  • Indonesia's South China Sea Problem | Ristian Supriyanto
  • Vietnam's Regional Security Challenges | Ha Anh Tuan
  • Duterte's Geopolitical Game-play | Richard Javad Heydarian
  • A Japan-India Partnership in Maritime-Asia | Satoru Nagao


Abhijit Singh