Territorial disputes over the South China Sea have existed since the end of the World War II. In recent years, however, China’s rapid rise, coupled with its increasing assertiveness over the South China Sea and the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, have provoked lingering tensions between China and the other claimants. These have the propensity to substantially impact regional peace and stability. Current political dialogue over the South China Sea has been polarised by the rhetoric of both China and the U.S. and strong nationalistic sentiment in each country involved in the spat. Constructive, cross-disciplinary and cross-border dialogue on the issue was considered essential to prevent current minor spats from escalating into regional, or even global, conflict. The Centre of Asia and Globalisation is constantly engaged with issues relating to the South China Sea through Workshops and Publications.
Centre on Asia and Globalisation (CAG) – Australia China Research Institute (ACRI) South China Sea Conference: February 10-11, 2017 – Sydney, Australia
The Centre on Asia and Globalisation (CAG) in collaboration with the Australia China Research Institute (ACRI) co-hosted a conference on the South China Sea on February 10-11, 2017 at the University of Technology Sydney in Sydney, Australia. The South China Sea dispute not only involves ASEAN, regional states, and China but also the worlds major powers, including Japan, India, Russia, and the United States. The conference’s focus was on why and how these major powers – all considered ‘user states’ – are engaged in the discord, what the stakes are, and how their involvement is effecting the stability and strategic balance in the Asia Pacific. The conference analysed the approaches, roles, policies, and impact of the user states (China, Japan, India, Australia, and the United States) in the on-going dispute. The conference coalesced 20 experts from ASEAN, Australia, China, Japan, India, Russia, and the United States to discuss a range of issues and perspectives relating to the user states and the discord.
Please find the conference report here.
South China Sea Conference, Nanjing, April 2015
With the objective of securing peace and improving stability in the South China Sea, this conference marks the beginning of a long-term cooperation between the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Nanjing University to provide sustained joint research on South China Sea issues. The topics for discussion include historical origins of the South China Sea disputes; country perspectives of South China Sea claimants; impact of the South China Sea issue on regional peace and security; impact of the South China Sea issue on regional economic development and integration; role of international regimes and governance; and ASEAN and the Management of the South China Sea issue. An edited volume will be published from the proceedings of the conference.
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The South China Sea: Central to Peace and Security, New York, March 2013
The Centre on Asia and Globalisation collaborated with the Asia Society (a nonpartisan, non-profit institution dedicated to strengthening partnerships between Asia and the United States) to host a conference on South China Sea disputes at the latter’s headquarters in New York from the 13th-15th of March 2013. The aim of the conference –which was held immediately after China’s leadership transition and the U.S. Presidential election–, was to provide a forum for participants from the U.S., China and various Asian countries to candidly exchange their views over the current tensions in the region in an academic manner.
The conference included key policy makers and academics from the United States, China and ASEAN countries that were directly impacted by the dispute, such as Ambassador Stapleton Roy, Director of Kissinger Institute on China and the United States; Mr. Henry Bensurto, former Secretary General of the Commission on Maritime and Ocean Affairs Secretariat (CMOAS); Ambassador Christopher Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies; University of Denver, Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Ha, Director General of Department of International Law and Treaties; Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam; Major General Zhu Chenghu, Dean of the Defense Affairs Institute, China’s National Defense University of the People’s Liberation Army Dr. Robert Beckman, Director of the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Professor Huang Jing, Director of CAG. Participants engaged in a deep causal analysis of the dispute by presenting historical, legal, geo-political and strategic perspectives on the topic. The key closing remark of the conference was the need for joint cooperation; however a long-term solution any time soon seemed unlikely. Selected papers will be published in the form of an edited volume, scheduled to be published in 2014.
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