Southeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

3 - The South China Sea and the Struggle for Regional Order

Friday, July 6
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Magnolia, Lower Ground Floor

The South China Sea territorial disputes are quickly becoming the pivot for regional transformation in East Asia. The process and outcome of this dispute will not only decide questions of sovereignty and administration of East Asia’s maritime domain but potentially shape regional order. This study assesses two competing visions for regional order expressed through the role claims and identity formation of China and Japan. It does this by revealing how securitization and desecuritization dynamics facilitate or hinder a state’s ability to socialize others into accepting its self-constructed identity as well as act on its self-declared foreign policy role. It contends that the securitization of China has contested its identity as a “peaceful, victimized” state, as well as its vision for regional order in which China plays a dominant role. Simultaneously, it reveals that the desecuritization of Japan has led to the recognition of Japan’s “pacifist” identity and facilitated the acceptance of its vision for regional order in which Japan plays a role as a “security contributor” in a multipolar East Asia. Lastly, the study reveals how the agency of minor powers expressed through securitization and desecuritization dynamics facilitate or hinder the success or failure of these competing visions for regional order.

Zenel Garcia

Florida International University, United States

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