Managing Tensions in the South China Sea

The Third Annual CSIS South China Sea Conference
  • Wednesday - Thursday, Jun 5 - 6, 2013
  • This two-day conference featured speeches by senior administration officials, and remarks and discussion by an all-star lineup of South China Sea experts, including representatives from China, India, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

    The focus of the discussion was ideas for resolving differences between the six claimants in the South China Sea.

    Maritime and territorial disputes in the South China Sea are arguably among the most pressing security issues facing the Asia Pacific. The conference will discuss recent developments in the disputes, including the Philippines' request for UN arbitration, the role of the tensions in regional politics, the implications of international law in managing differences, and new ideas for how the disputes could be set aside to begin joint development of resources.

    “Managing Tensions in the South China Sea” will provide an important opportunity for U.S. and Asian policymakers, business executives, and academics to meet with experts on the South China Sea to discuss the dispute and options for lessening the tensions.

    For up to the minute updates on speakers and topics, please follow@SoutheastAsiaDC | @CSIS | #CSISLive


    Conference Papers/Presentations

    "Role of International Law in Managing Disputes in the South China Sea"
    Henry Bensurto, Secretary General, Commission on Maritime and Ocean Affairs Secretariat
    Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines

    "Prospect for Joint Development in the South China Sea"
    Leonardo Bernard, Research Fellow, Centre for International Law
    National University of Singapore

    "The Strategic Significance of the South China Sea"
    Patrick M. Cronin, Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program
    Center for a New American Security

    "China’s Realpolitik Approach in the South China Sea Dispute: The Case of the 2012 Scarborough Shoal Stand-Off"
    Renato Cruz De Castro, Professor
    De La Salle University

    "Viribus Mari Victoria? Power and Law in the South China Sea"
    Peter Dutton, Professor and Director, China Maritime Studies Institute
    U.S. Naval War College

    "Synergy and Sovereignty in the South China Sea"
    Donald K. Emmerson, Director, Southeast Asia Forum
    Stanford University

    "Significance of the South China Sea: Establishment of Maritime Security Coalition: Japanese View"
    VADM (ret) Hideaki Kaneda, Director
    The Okazaki Institute

    "Policy Recommendations to Boost Cooperation in the South China Sea"
    Christian Le Mière, Senior Research Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security
    Defense and Military Analysis Program, International Institute for Strategic Studies

    "South China Sea in Regional Politics"
    Amb. Hemant Krishan Singh, Wadhwani Chair in India-U.S. Policy Studies
    Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations

    "Recent Developments in the South China Sea: Taiwan’s Policy, Response, Challenges and Opportunities"
    Yann-huei Song, Research Fellow 
    Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica

    "South China Sea in Regional Politics: Indonesia’s Efforts to Forge ASEAN Unity on a Code of Conduct"
    Carlyle A. Thayer, Emeritus Professor
    University of New South Wales, Australian Defense Force Academy

    "The South China Sea: Interests, Policies and Dynamics of Recent Development"
    Powerpoint Presentation
    Tran Truong Thuy, Director, South China Sea Studies Program
    Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam

    "Remarks Concerning Recent Developments in the South China Sea"
    Wu Shicun, President
    National Institute for South China Sea Studies

    "The South China Sea Issue and the Role of International Law: a Chinese Perspective"
    Xinjun Zhang, Associate Professor of Public International Law
    Tsinghua University Law School


    Agenda
    , Wednesday, June 5

    0830   Registration of Participants

    0900   Welcoming Remarks

    Mr. Ernest Z. Bower
    Senior Adviser and Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies
    Center for Strategic and International Studies

    0915   Presentation: "The South China Sea in Focus"

    Mr. Gregory Poling
    Research Associate, Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies
    Center for Strategic and International Studies

    0945   Break

    1015   Significance of the South China Sea Dispute

    Speakers:

    Dr. Patrick M. Cronin
    Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program
    Center for a New American Security

    Mr. Alexander Metelitsa
    Economist
    Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy

    Mr. Murray Hiebert
    Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies
    Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Moderator:

    Mr. Ernest Z. Bower
    Senior Advisor and Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies
    Center for Strategic and International Studies

    1145   Break for Lunch

    1200   Luncheon & Keynote Speech

    Keynote Address:

    Mr. Joseph Y. Yun
    Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
    U.S. Department of State

    Moderator:

    Mr. Ernest Z. Bower
    Senior Advisor and Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies
    Center for Strategic and International Studies

    1315   Break

    1330   Recent Developments in the South China Sea

    Speakers:

    Dr. Wu Shicun
    President
    National Institute for South China Sea Studies

    Dr. Renato C. De Castro
    Professor
    De La Salle University

    Dr. Yann-Huei Song
    Research Fellow
    Institute of European American Studies

    Dr. Tran Truong Thuy
    Director, South China Sea Studies Program
    Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam

    Moderator:

    Mr. Murray Hiebert
    Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies
    Center for Strategic and International Studies

    1500   Break

    1515   South China Sea in Regional Politics

    Speakers:

    Amb. Hemant Krishan Singh
    Wadhwani Chair in India-U.S. Policy Studies
    Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations

    Vice Admiral Hideaki Kaneda, JMSDF (ret.)
    Director, The Okazaki Institute
    The Japan Institute for International Affairs

    Dr. Carlyle A. Thayer
    Emeritus Professor
    University of New South Wales, Australian Defense Force Academy

    Dr. Donald K. Emmerson
    Director, Southeast Asia Forum
    Stanford University

    Moderator:

    Mr. Murray Hiebert
    Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies
    Center for Strategic and International Studies

    1700   End of Day One

    Agenda, Thursday, June 6 

    0800   Registration of Participants

    0900   Role of International Law in Managing the Disputes

    Dr. Xinjung Zhang
    Associate Professor of Public International Law
    Tsinghua University Law School

    Mr. Henry S. Bensurto, Jr.
    Secretary General, Commission on Maritime and Ocean Affairs Secretariat
    Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines

    Dr. Peter Dutton
    Professor and Director, China Maritime Studies Institute
    U.S. Naval War College

    Dr. Nguyen Dang Thang
    Vietnam Lawyer’s Association

    Moderator:

    Mr. Ernest Z. Bower
    Senior Advisor and Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies
    Center for Strategic and International Studies

    1030   Coffee Break

    1045   Policy Recommendations to Boost Cooperation in the South China Sea

    Ms. Bonnie S. Glaser
    Senior Adviser for Asia, Freeman Chair in China Studies
    Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Mr. Leonardo Bernard
    Research Fellow, Centre for International Law
    National University of Singapore

    Mr. Christian Le Miere
    Senior Research Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, Defense and Military Analysis Program
    International Institute for Strategic Studies

    Moderator:

    Mr. Ernest Z. Bower
    Senior Advisor and Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies
    Center for Strategic and International Studies

    1215   End of Conference

  • Contact

    Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies
    (202) 775-3269

Location

B1 Conference Facility
Center for Strategic and International Studies
1800 K Street, NW
Washington DC, 20006

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