Honors Theses

Date of Award

Summer 8-16-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Public Policy Leadership

First Advisor

David J. Rutherford

Second Advisor

David Fragoso Gonzalez

Third Advisor

Gang Guo

Relational Format



China has a strong interest in natural gas, as it is a resource of which usage can lead to economic growth, energy security, domestic social stability, and reduced climate change impacts. One of the best ways for China to gain easier access to this resource is to obtain legal rights to what they claim is their territory in the South and East China Seas. In this thesis, I review the situations in these two areas and I argue that natural gas is a significant motivator for the conflicts that are occurring.

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