Background Information

South China Sea Country Analysis Brief – U.S. Energy Information Administration

UNEP/GEF South China Sea Project
Focus is on “environmental degradation particularly in the areas of habitat degradation and loss, land-based pollution, and fisheries.”

South China Sea Reference Book(Print Only)
U.S. Pacific Command, Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate, Research and Analysis Division, 1996.
Main Library DU29 .S68 1996

Country information and statistics:

Asian Development Publications – Asian Development Bank

Background Notes – U.S. Department of State

BBC Country Profiles

Britannica OnlineMiddlebury College & Licensed Users Only

Countries & Regions – World Bank

Country Commercial Guides – Part of the Market Research Library.  Also available from (Registration required)

Country Reports on Human Rights Pracitices – U.S. Department of State

Country Studies – Library of Congress

Eldis Country and Region Profiles
“Quick access to our database arranged by country, plus quick links to country briefing services on other websites.”

FOREASt – Free Open Resources for East Asian Studies
Collects relevant scholarly resources published on the Internet by individual scholars, academic institutions, cultural institutions (libraries, museums, archives), government agencies, and occasionally commercial entities. Currently FOREASt provides free access to about 300 databases and journals on East Asia published in North America, Europe, Australia and, of course, East Asia.

IMF Publications & Country Reports – International Monetary Fund.  Choose Country reports from the menu.

Maritime Claims Reference Manual, US Department of Defense.
– Provides a comprehensive general reference manual on the maritime claims of all coastal nations. Primary emphasis is on claims directly affecting navigation and overflight, with some information on other claims (e.g., Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ), continental shelf claims, and environmental regulations. Lasted updated April 2010.

Regions & Countries – Asian Development Bank

Regions & Countries – U.S. Agency for International Development

The World Factbook – U.S. Central Intelligence Agency