Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts The East China Sea and South China Sea Disputes: Prospects for Regional Security and U.S.-China Relations

FPRI in D.C.

The East China Sea and South China Sea Disputes: Prospects for Regional Security and U.S.-China Relations

April 23, 2013 | 2:00 pm | Asia Program

About the Event

Also available via webinar/teleconference.

In his early months in power, Xi Jinping had been read as signaling a more muscular foreign policy than his predecessor as China’s top leader, Hu Jintao.  The recently completed National People’s Congress session completed the formal installation of Xi and the Fifth Generation leadership and also unveiled China’s new foreign policy team, including the elevation of the foreign minister to state councilor and the appointment of a foreign minister with extensive experience on Taiwan, Japan and Asian policy issues.  Among the most volatile foreign policy issues that Xi and his team will face are the territorial disputes with Japan (and Taiwan) in the East China Sea and with several states in the South China Sea and related frictions with the United States, which has responded to China’s assertive stance on these maritime territorial disputes with reaffirmed security commitments in the region and calls on China to accept relevant international law and principles of open sea-lanes and peaceful resolution of disputes. 

What are the implications and the likely trajectory of these disputes which have been the source of such significant recent international tension?  What do they portend for relations among the U.S., China, Japan and other states with claims in the disputed areas, and other states in the region in a time of new leadership in China, a renewed U.S. focus on East Asia and several regional states’ pursuit of closer cooperation with the United States?  To explore these questions, we are delighted to feature remarks by four FPRI Senior Fellows – all leading experts on East Asia.


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Jacqueline Deal

Jacqueline Deal - Dr. Jacqueline Deal, an FPRI Senior Fellow, is President and CEO of the Long Term Strategy Group, a Washington, DC-based defense consultancy.

Jacques deLisle

Jacques deLisle - Jacques deLisle is Director of FPRI’s Asia Program, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania.

Gilbert Rozman

Gilbert Rozman - Gilbert Rozman is a Senior Fellow with the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is the editor-in-chief of The Asan Forum, a bi-monthly, on-line journal on international relations in the Asia-Pacific region. He is also the Emeritus Musgrave Professor of Sociology at Princeton University.

Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang - Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang, a Senior Fellow in the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, is Dean and Professor of Political Science at Adelphi University.