Issue 15: The South China Sea

Issue 15 (March 2014). The South China Sea

Special Editorial

The territorial conflict in the South China Sea has become one of Asia’s most vulnerable flashpoints and a mystery for those seeking a solution. Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, in this March issue, proudly presents the case of the South China Sea. We are delighted to have five excellent papers from experts in the field, covering a number of countries involving in the conflict, namely, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Moreover, we have two more papers, which examine the case from a broader perspective: one from a former official at the ASEAN Secretariat and the other reflecting a European viewpoint on the case.

In retrospect, both ASEAN and China attempted to deal with the South China Sea dispute through the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), which called for “dialogue, confidence building and cooperative measures”. One of the key components of the declaration was the clause stipulating that countries should refrain from taking action “that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability including . . . refraining from action of inhabiting on the presently uninhabited islands, reefs, shoals, cays, and other features”. However, the DOC proved extremely difficult to implement. The Five papers presented here, in many ways, are seeking to offer some recommendations for the issues at hand. The editorial team hopes that readers who are interested in this issue would gain new insights as they look deeper into the South China Sea issue.

Also, in the review section of Issue 15, we have four book reviews as well as a photo essay looking at the issue of asylum seekers housed in detention centres in Indonesia and offers a glimpse into the lives of the detainees. Finally, Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia is happy to welcome Eve Warburton, a young scholar from the Australian National University who writes about the thorny issue of resource nationalism in Indonesia. Look out for our regular monthly articles featuring other young academics.

Pavin Chachavalpongpun
Editor, Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia
March 2014


Issue 15— Articles (March 2014)

DOC-bannerManaging Security in the South China Sea: From DOC to COC
By Mingjiang Li    
south_china_sea_mapThree Priority Measures in Maintaining Peace and Stability in the South China Sea
By Nguyen Hung Son    
stategic_rivalryGrowing strategic rivalry among East Asia’s great powers:
Implications for Southeast Asia and the South China Sea
By Aileen San Pablo-Baviera    
Known_knows_bannerKnown Knowns, Known Unknowns, Unknown Unknowns,
and Unknown Knowns in the South China Sea Disputes
By Termsak Chalermpalanupap    
China_soft_powerChinese Soft Power and ASEAN’s Constructive Engagement:
Sino-ASEAN relations and the South China Sea
By Mikael Weissmann     

Review Essays (March 2014)


buddhism_china_cover中国南传佛教研究 (Theravāda Buddhism in China)
Author:  郑篠筠 (Xiaoyun Zheng)
Beijing: China Social Sciences 

Reviewed by 陈锴 (Kai Chen)      

korea_indo_cover인도네시아 속의 한국, 한국 속의 인도네시아 – 투자와 이주를 통한 문화 교류
(Korea in Indonesia, Indonesia in Korea – Cultural Exchange Through Investment and Migration) 
By 전제성(Jesong Jeon), 유완또 (Yuwanto) Seoul: Imagine, 2013
Era Emas Hubungan Indonesia-Korea: 
Pertukaran Kultural Melalui Investasi dan MigrasiJesong Jeon and Yuwanto

Reviewed by Eunsook Jung    

nurse_coverフィリピンの小さな産院から』(From a Small Maternity Clinic in the Philippines)
Author: 冨田江里子 (TOMITA, Eriko)
Publisher: Tokyo: Seifusha (2012)

Reviewed by Shiraishi Natsuko  

Musika_coverMuzika: Malaya’s Early Music Scene, 1900-1965.
Azlan Mohamed Said, edited by Juffri Supa’at.
Singapore: Stamford Printing, 2013. 256 pages.
Reviewed by Adil Johan

Reviewed by Adil Johan  

immigration_coverPHOTO ESSAY
Onward or Return: Asylum Seekers in Indonesia

By Dave Lumenta  


Young Academics’ Voice (March 2014)

coffee_boom_vietnamNorthwest Vietnam’s Coffee Boom and Food Security
By Tuyen Nghiem
Written in collaboration with Kono Yasuyuki 
new_hope_mangrovesNew Plantation ~ New Hope: Mangrove Plantations for Survivable Societies and Future Earth
By Andi Amri  
culture_democracyPlanting the Culture of Democracy:
Kaliurang, Yogyakarta and Padang, West Sumatra Post-2010 Merapi Volcano Eruption and 2009 Sumatran Earthquake
ByLaila Kholid Alfirdaus  
YAV-May_14Where Are My Country(wo)men? The Lack of Singaporean Academics in Singapore’s Universities
By Jack Chia and Carissa Kang  
pahiyas_thumbnailFrom Fiesta to Festival: Tourism and Cultural Politics in the Philippines
ByLou Antolihao  
outline-map-of-indonesia-on-blackboard-smallIn Whose Interest? Debating resource nationalism in Indonesia
By Eve Warburton