South China Sea Conference: Panel Discussions Day 1

South China Sea Conference: Panel Discussions Day 1

Asia: Beyond the Headlines
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)

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. pivot to the Asia-Pacific region, have provoked lingering tensions between China and the other claimants. The escalated tensions have the propensity to substantially negatively impact regional peace and stability. As such, there needs to be improved cross-disciplinary and cross-border dialogue over the issue, so that the current minor spats do not escalate into larger, regional, or even global, conflict.

Please join Asia Society for the first day of a two-day conference on the South China Sea territorial dispute. There will be four panel discussions with policy experts discussing various sources of tensions, and possibilities for resolution.

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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:

Dr. Nguyen Thi Lan Anh, Vice Dean of International Law Faculty, Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam

Dr. Zhang Xinjun, Associate Professor of Public International Law, Tsinghua University,  Beijing

Professor Jerome A. Cohen, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law; Co-Director, U.S.-Asia Law Institute

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

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

Dr. David Denoon, Professor of Politics and Economics; Director, New York University Center on U.S.-China Relations

Professor Robert Beckman, Director of the Centre of International Law, National University of Singapore

Professor Bernard Oxman, Richard A. Hausler Professor of Law, University of Miami

Mr. Angelo Azura Jimenez, Executive Vice President, Asia Pacific Basin for Energy Strategies, Inc.

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

Mr. Walter Lohman, Director of Asian Studies Center, Heritage Foundation

Dr. Lynn Kuok, Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School

Dr. Duncan McCargo, Professor of Southeast Asian Politics, University of Leeds


Program Agenda:

9:00-10:40 am
Panel 1: The U.S.-China Relationship in the South China Sea

10:40-11:00 am
Coffee break

11:00am -12:40 pm
Panel 2: Origins of the Disputes

2:00-3:40 pm
Panel 3: Roles of International Law and Governance

3:40-4:00 pm
Coffee break

4:00-5:40 pm
Panel 4: ASEAN's Position on the South China Sea

5:40 pm
Program concludes


Co-Organizers:


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Event Details

14 March 2013
9:00am - 5:40pm


725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street), New York, NY

Free event (registration required)