East Asia Security Symposium and Conference

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2016 East Asia Security Symposium and Conference

For China and its neighbours the present is increasingly burdened by apprehension. Geopolitical security and economic stability have previously been built symbiotically; as complimentary, within a liberalising rules-based global system. East Asia’s stability however is seemingly threatened by divergent state goals and changed economic trajectories. What are the goals of regional states and are they incompatible? Is the Thucydides Trap as a concept too simplistic to describe the more complex security picture in Asia?


China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, for example, are being ventured, but are not unchallenged in practice or principal and may not be complimentary to its hitherto market economy. Does China risk creating the very outcome it seeks to avoid – a counter-balancing coalition of states that seek to hedge, dissuade or deter Chinese strategic power, and thus circumscribe China’s rise? The foreseen freedom of navigation exercises and the Philippines instigated case under the UNCLOS may be viewed as designed escalations of the use of power beyond the past cycles of unexpected crises and restoration of a status quo, or are they an entirely justified response to China’s nine dash line and island building?


Why is Japan revising its constitution? Why is the US maintaining military capacity in the ROK, and what are the ‘military capabilities needed for geopolitical security’? Are the rising military capabilities ‘needed’ for geopolitical security a threat to economic stability? It may be argued that these developments strengthen the established rules based international order, including the ‘hub and spokes’ security arrangements in Asia that has enabled the economic stability from which China has benefited, and which has enabled China’s rapid development.


Scholarship from the Conference 本次会议出版的作品列表:
Bridging the “Legitimacy Gap”: Pakistan and the CTBT

Samad Aftab, Bond University
Milena Arsic, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia
China and the World, China-Australia Relations Survey

Xiao Tang, China Foreign Affairs University
Jonathan H. Ping, Bond University
Global “Civilization Politics” with "Civilization Value"

Hao Su, China Foreign Affairs University
Jiali Zhou, China Foreign Affairs University
Li Ding, China Youth University of Political Studies
How Chinese Leaders View Peace?: Mao Zedong versus Deng Xiaoping

Yue Cui, University of International Business and Economics
Human Security and the Chinese Dream

Anna Hayes, James Cook University, Australia
Maritime Strategic Issues of the East and South China Sea

Gaye Christoffersen, Johns Hopkins University
Pragmatism in China’s Foreign Policy: Operationalising pragmatism in international relations

Charles P C Rong, National University of Singapore
Re-telling the ‘China-Africa story’

Ilaria Carrozza, London School of Economics and Political Science
Responsibility and contribution as determinants of hierarchy: Rationalizing the principle of sovereign equality within diplomatic protocol and etiquette 作为决定因素的责任与贡献

Jiali Zhou, China Foreign Affairs University
The Chinese Dream: More Rhetorical than ‘Actionable’?

Dylan M H Loh, University of Cambridge
Period27 Jun 20161 Jul 2016
Event typeConference
Conference number14th
LocationBeijing, ChinaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational