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Research Paper
Published online: March 1, 2016

Building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road: Its Impact on the Peaceful Use of the South China Sea

Zewei Yang
Wuhan University Law School
Luojia Hill, Wuhan 430072,Hubei Province, P. R. China
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Building the 21st century Maritime Silk Road is a new initiative for international cooperation. It will have a positive impact on the peaceful use of the South China Sea by encouraging for a Code of Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea between China and ASEAN members; realizing a breakthrough of jointly developing oil and gas resources in the area; promoting comprehensive cooperation in maritime non-traditional security field; and providing a peaceful external environment for the South China Sea dispute settlement. The South China Sea dispute is a negative challenge to building the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road. However, the pace building should not be stopped because of it. In the future, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road will be on the international consensus as an international legal regime. Also, it will improve the domestic legal system regarding building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road for China as well as the countries along the Belt and Road, especially the ASEAN members.

Keywords : The 21st century Maritime Silk Road, the South China Sea dispute, international cooperation, Marine Non-Traditional Security

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