The third installment in the 2019 Summer Teleconference Series on territorial disputes, featuring the South and East China Seas.
The South China Sea is at the center of disputes by various nations including Brunei, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Over $3 trillion of trade passes through the maritime region, creating particularly high stakes for each nation’s claims. Amid an already tense relationship between the United States and China, the U.S. Senate announced its intent in May to propose legislation sanctioning China’s illegal activity in the East and South China Seas.
What has triggered the recent escalation of conflict in this maritime space? Is military conflict likely to result from the volatility in the South China Sea? What would be the global impact triggered by China’s militarization of the disputed space?