China, Technology and the Spratly Islands: The Geopolitical Impact of New Technology.
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI ADVANCED RESEARCH PROGRAM
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The thesis of this study is that technology has become a key influence on national policies. By defining what is possible and creating new capabilities, technology creates an imperative for its use - a technological imperative - and thereby influences human choices and policy decisions. This concept is illustrated in an examination of Chinese policies towards the Spratly Islands, a broad area of tiny islands, atolls and reefs in the South China Sea which are claimed by five nations China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan. Each of these countries has occupied military outposts on the islands. This expanding militarization of the archipelago could result in a military conflict and is an issue of growing regional concern. China, Spratly Islands, South China Sea, Chinese Navy, Offshore oil, Technology, Law of the Sea, Territorial disputes. South East Asia.
- Government and Political Science