'From an international law perspective, chapter III of the book under review is one of its most interesting parts. The first part of chapter III analyzes the legal merits of the claims of the states involved to the Spratly Islands and the second part looks at the rules of international law applicable to the delimitation of maritime zones in the area of the Spratly Islands. Although this part of the book is mostly intended to set the stage for the analysis of the various options for cooperative arrangements, its importance should not be underestimated. The authors note that as 'the principles of international law may play a key role in resolving these disputes, it is useful to sort out the issues so that the strengths and weaknesses of the claims under international law can be understood'.' Alex G. Oude Elferink, Netherlands International Law Review, 1999.