Accession Number : AD1038848

Title :   Under the Dragon's Wing: A Strategic Approach to China's Militarization Efforts of its Artificial Islands in the South China Sea

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Aug 2016,30 Jun 2017

Corporate Author : US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : Reddick,Justin L

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Report Date : 09 Jun 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 88

Abstract : In recent months, there have been multiple reports about increased activity by the Chinese government in the South China Sea (SCS). These reports include Chinese construction of artificial islands on top of reefs in the disputed Spratly island chain. By adding weapons systems and constructing airfields capable of landing any military aircraft in their inventory, the tension between China and its neighboring nations has slowly increased. But with no territorial claims in the region, what cause for concern does the United States Government (USG) have regarding China's land reclamation and militarization efforts in the SCS? What means does the USG have available to enforce the international legal requirements set forth in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)? What impact does China's advanced Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) network have on U.S. joint force operations in the SCS? What options exist in order to assist and reassure our partners in the region? These and other questions will be addressed in order to assess the best use of the military as an instrument of national power in order to challenge the Chinese militarization of artificial islands in the SCS.

Descriptors :   china , islands , SOUTH CHINA SEA , International relations , area denial , joint military activities , military Strategy , National security , Policies , government (foreign) , united states government , united nations , military forces (foreign) , military forces (united states) , economics , TERRITORIAL DISPUTES , international law , Information Operations , military operations

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE