The Social Sciences

Year: 2016
Volume: 11
Issue: 24
Page No. 5928 - 5936

Indonesia in the South China Sea Dispute: Balancing the US and China, Workshop and Zero Draft

Authors : Agus Haryanto and Arry Bainus

Abstract: This study seeks to answer the Indonesia’s stance in the South China Sea (SCS) dispute. The South China Sea dispute, which four of Southeast Asian states involved is Indonesia’s priority agenda to maintain stability of the Southeast Asia region. In the context of Indonesia’s status as the largest country in Southeast Asia and has reputation in mediation process in the region, this paper will discuss Indonesia’s stance in the dispute uses structural realism. Then, this stduy attempts to answer the Indonesia’s strategy to mediate the conflict. This paper argues that Indonesia tends to promote the strategy of balancing between the two big countries, China and the US, in oder to maintain stability in the region. This study also attemps to draw an Indonesian strategy in the SCS dispute through balancing the US and China through ASEAN, promotes informal workshops which held since 1990 and takes initiative to unify ASEAN by proposed the zero draft in 2012.

How to cite this article:

Agus Haryanto and Arry Bainus, 2016. Indonesia in the South China Sea Dispute: Balancing the US and China, Workshop and Zero Draft. The Social Sciences, 11: 5928-5936.

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