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U.S.-China Track II Dialogue on Maritime Affairs and International Law held in Sanya

2014-10-28 15:19:16       source:NISCSS


     From 26-27 October 2014, the U.S.-China Track II Dialogue on Maritime Affairs and International Law was held in Sanya, Hainan. The dialogue was co-organized by the National Institute for South China Sea Studies and the U.S. National Committee on United States-China Relations. The participants discussed such topics as issues in the South China Sea, issues in the East China Sea, the value of institutional dispute resolution, issues concerning surveillance and other foreign military activities in the EEZ, suggestions for improving management and settlement of the above disputes, etc. 
      Present at the dialogue were nearly 20 scholars from China and the United States. The U.S. participants came from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S. Naval War College and other famous universities or think tanks. 
      NISCSS President Wu Shicun delivered a speech about the South China Sea issue and the management of maritime situation in the Asia-Pacific region. As he remarked, although the overall situation in the South China Sea was stable, there was a growing number of uncertainties and U.S.-China maritime cooperation would contribute to peace and stability in the South China Sea and the development of a new pattern of relationship between great powers. Both countries should continue to deepen dialogue on maritime affairs and improve bilateral multi-level consultation mechanism. Both countries should also expand cooperation in non-traditional areas and marine science. 
      The participants exchanged ideas frankly and sincerely and achieved rich fruit. The scholars generally believed that given the profound changes of the current international situation, it is of practical significance to explore the prospects of maritime cooperation. It is believed that this dialogue will play a unique and positive role in promoting China-U.S. maritime cooperation.