Territorial and jurisdictional disputes are flaring up in the South China Sea. China has repeatedly blamed the United States for stirring up trouble in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves. While China has backed its expansive claims with island-building and naval patrols, the United States has sent military ships and planes near disputed islands to ensure access to key shipping and air routes. In July 2016, a United Nations tribunal ruled that China’s sovereignty claims over the South China Sea, and its aggressive attempts to enforce them, violate international law. China responded by reiterating its commitment to defending its sovereignty and announced that it will hold joint exercises with Russian forces in the South China Sea in September. What should the United States do in response? What are the stakes at this superpower strategic rivalry?
These are the questions that scholars and national defense experts will discuss at the invitation-only symposium, Patuxent Policy Group (PPG). PPG is organized by the Patuxent Partnership and the Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The Patuxent Partnership (TPP) is a non-profit member organization that works with government, industry, and academia. It organizes events on topics that are of interest to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and the wider Department of Defense community.
By invitation only. Limited number of seats available for SMCM students & faculty. Please contact The Center for the Study of Democracy at firstname.lastname@example.org.