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Ticking Time Bomb? Finding a Resolution to the South China Sea Dispute

Ticking Time Bomb? Finding a Resolution to the South China Sea Dispute

Asia: Beyond the Headlines — South China Sea Conference, Opening Dinner Reception and Program
Vietnamese sailors patrol on Phan Vinh Island in the Spratly archipelago on June 14, 2011. Vietnam put on a show of military strength in the tense South China Sea on June 13, risking the ire of Beijing in the face of a deepening maritime rift with its powerful neighbor. (Vietnam News Agency/AFP/Getty Images)

Complete Conference Overview (including complete videos)

Please note: This event is by invitation only

Territorial disputes with respect to the South China Sea have existed for more than a century, but in recent years Asia’s booming economies have become hungrier for already scarce resources. In order to maintain their growth trajectories, countries in the region — primarily Southeast Asian states and China — are asserting their sovereignty over the sea’s energy-rich waters. The dispute is exacerbated by the U.S. pivot to Asia, and the relevance of the area to America’s interests, particularly its importance for regional trade and commerce, fisheries, and energy. How can the direct claimants, as well as their allies and neighbors, find a way forward in resolving the dispute? An expert panel at Asia Society endeavors to provide answers.  

Please join Asia Society for an expert discussion, the flagship event of a two-day conference examining the territorial dispute in greater depth. The opening evening program will feature an address by Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy, titled “Dangerous Currents in the South China Sea,” followed by conversation with scholars working directly on this issue.     

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Part of Asia: Beyond the Headlines, Asia Society's yearlong current affairs programming that examines key governance, security, and policy challenges in the Asian region.


Participating Speakers:

Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy, Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States; former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, China, and Indonesia

Ambassador Christopher Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver; former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Major General Zhu Chenghu, Dean of the Defense Affairs Institute, National Defense University of the People's Liberation Army, People's Republic of China

Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Ha, Director General of the Department of International Law and Treaties, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Viet Nam

Mr. Henry Bensurto, Incoming Assistant Secretary of the West Philippine Sea Center (WPSC), Department of Foreign Affairs of Philippines

Dr. Huang Jing, Professor and Director of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation (CAG), National University of Singapore


Program Agenda:

6:00-6:30 pm
Wine Reception

6:30-6:50 pm
Opening Dinner

6:50-7:10 pm
Keynote address by Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy

7:10-8:00 pm
Panel Discussion

8:00-8:30 pm
Audience Q&A

8:30 pm
Program concludes


Co-Organizers:


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Event Details

13 March 2013
6:00pm - 8:30pm


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