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The Strategic Significance of the South China Sea: American, Asian, and International Perspectives February 1st Event

The islands and waterways that cover the South China Sea have long been at the center of territorial disputes among regional rivals. Today, however, the region is one of the most fiercely disputed waterways and hottest flashpoints in the world. Due in large part to the almost $3.5 trillion of maritime trade that flows through this international waterway, it has become an escalating source of confrontation between China and the United States.

On February 1st, Hudson Institute hosted a high-level symposium to discuss the new strategic significance of the South China Sea for Asian and American national interests. In particular, our speakers will examine the origins and geopolitical, economic, and military implications of China’s aggressive strategy in the South China Sea, and consider potential counter strategies that other nations, including the United States, might pursue to preserve and protect peace and stability throughout the region.

To view Dr. Yoshihara’s slides, click here.

To view Vice Admiral Yoshida’s slides, click here.

To view Vice Admiral Thomas’ slides, click here.

To view Dr. Paine’s slides, click here.

To view Dr. Herman’s slides, click here.

To view Dr. Krepinevich’s slides, click here.


Admiral Gary Roughead (Ret.) Speaker

Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow, Hoover Institution and former Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy

Dr. Toshi Yoshihara Speaker

Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Vice Admiral Masanori Yoshida (Ret.) Speaker

Vice President, International Security Affairs, Sojitz Corporation of America and former officer in the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force

Vice Admiral Robert Thomas (Ret.) Speaker

Senior Research Fellow, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of California, and former commander, U.S. 7th Fleet

Dr. Sally Paine Speaker

William S. Sims University Professor of Strategy & Policy, U.S. Naval War College

Dr. Ashley J. Tellis Speaker

Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Dr. Arthur Herman Speaker

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Dr. Andrew Krepinevich Speaker

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

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