volume 73, issue 1, P25-32 1998
DOI: 10.3406/geoca.1998.4800
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Abstract: After the Chinese invasion of the Spratley islands in 1988, and the withdrawal of the Vietnamese troops from Cambodia, ASEAN gradually realized that it had become a possible next target of China's will to extend its sovereignty in the South China Sea. Too weak and divided to resist militarily against Beiging, the Association chose to adopt a diplomatic line of resistence. Vietnam, for geopolitical reasons, also chose to become a member of ASEAN and rapidly was admitted into the regional grouping, to the surpri…

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