||Sigfrido Burgos Caceres
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The present publication is intended to explore the strategic interests of the Republic of China in the South China Sea, and it makes specific emphasis on resource security and power projection. China's regional actions/reactions are reshaping power dynamics in South-East and East Asia, while geopolitical and economic futures depend on the outcomes of these complex and iterative relationships with neighbouring countries and the United States. The Introduction assesses China's internal and external influences and dynamics, examines China's search for resources and energy, and looks at China's oil security through the lenses of economics and diplomacy. The Country Case Studies explore China's relationships with the United States of America, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, with regards to claims, conflicts, disputes, and strategic interests in the South China Sea. The Conclusion incorporates insights and builds on a number of factors and issues to produce a better understanding of the incentives, motivations and rationales that propel China to project power and secure resources in the South China Sea.