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The Future of the South China Sea: War or Peace? with Dr. Peter Lodge
February 5, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Camden Conference presents Dr.Peter Lodge at the Belfast Free Library on Monday February 5th at 6:30 pm. His talk is titled The Future of the South China Sea: War or Peace? This event is free and open to all.
The South China Sea is one of the most important strategic locations in the world. The region is home to almost a billion people. Its waters carry nearly one third of global shipping, playing a critical role in the world’s economy. Creatures living below the water’s surface give sustenance to millions. Natural resources at the bottom of the sea may provide economic boons for those who claim the underwater territory.
Since World War II, the United States has played a critical role in the development and security of the South China Sea. Currently, tensions within the region over claims of possession are leading to military buildups. China’s recent behaviors and territorial claims have increased anxieties for its neighbors, particularly Vietnam and the Philippines.
Will China continue to act provocatively towards its neighbors? Will members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations join forces to keep China at bay? Will tensions and incidents lead to open warfare? Will the United States continue to act as a policing force in the region? There are currently no clear answers, but perhaps history can provide some indication of what the future may hold.