Paths, causes and impacts of Australia’s involvement in South China Sea dispute

CHEN Xiang1

(1.Research Center of Peripheral Security and International Cooperation, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China)

【Abstract】In recent years, Australia’s attention on the South China Sea dispute has increased. And it has followed a series of paths, including advocating its South China Sea policy on multiple occasions, expanding its arms and showing military presence in the South China Sea, and strengthening union with countries inside and outside the region such as the U.S., Japan and the Philippines. Australia involves in the South China Sea dispute for the purpose of safety, economic and political interests of their own considerations, also affected by the other party. Australia’s involvement in the South China Sea dispute may engender significant impacts, including aggravating the complexity of the issue, influencing China’s discourse in the South China Sea issue, impeding the development of China-Australia relations and deepening diplomatic difficulties for Australia. As to Australia’s South China Sea policy, China should take some corresponding countermeasures as followed: utilizing some countries’ political changes and policy shifts and maintaining “Dual-Track Approach” for the South China Sea issue to block international attempt to such issue from some countries outside the region such as Australia, broadening the diplomacy with the Australian community of all circles, promoting the development of Sino-U.S. relations and the recovery of Sino-Japan relations to reduce the possibility of other great power’s coping with China jointly, and adopting soft constraints of economy as the main way and hard deterrence of military as supplement to depress Australia’s involvement in the South China Sea dispute.

【Keywords】 Australia; countries outside the region; South China Sea dispute; China-Australia relations;


【Funds】 2014 Major Project of National Social Sciences Fund (14ZDA087)

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Article Outline



  • 1 Paths of Australia’s intervention in South China Sea dispute
  • 2 Causes of Australia’s intervention in South China Sea dispute
  • 3 Impact of Australia’s intervention in South China Sea dispute
  • 4 China’s countermeasures
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