The U.S.-Japan security alliance, ASEAN, and the South China Sea dispute
The situation in the South China Sea - where sovereignty and oil and natural gas interests are converging - creates a flashpoint with significant policy implications for the U.S., Japan, and other Asian nations. Only the U.S.-Japan security alliance, operating in conjunction with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, can safely foster a long-term solution.
Defense and Strategic Studies
Rowan, Joshua P. "The US-Japan security alliance, ASEAN, and the South China Sea dispute." Asian Survey 45, no. 3 (2005): 414-436.