Is China a Revisionist Power? China’s View of the South China Sea

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Is China a Revisionist Power? China’s View of the South China Sea

 Presented Wednesday, Mar. 10 | 6 p.m. PST

  • Is China a Revisionist Power? China’s View of the South China Sea

    $5.3 trillion worth of goods pass through the South China Sea each year, which accounts for approximately one-third of all global trade. The South China Sea (SCS) is an increasingly contested space that some experts believe could be a flashpoint between the US, China and other regional actors.

    China maintains claim of up to 80% of the SCS (although what this entails is not clear). The government has constructed artificial islands in the seas to enhance its surveillance and military capabilities. Pointing to China’s actions as a prime example of revisionist behavior that threatens international law and regional order, the US has stepped up naval patrols in the SCS. Navies from as far away as France and the UK are joining the fray.

    Experts and policy makers in the US regularly raise alarm over these issues; less frequently discussed is China's views. How does China view its interests and what are China’s interpretations of international law?

    The Global Policy Institute and Nong Hong, Executive Director from the Institute for China-American Studies, explored the importance of the South China Sea and its impact on current and future US-China relations. Hong emphasized the Chinese viewpoint and provided a different perspective into the ongoing conflict.


    Presented by Loyola Marymount University’s Global Policy Institute in conjunction with the Department of Political Science and International Relations, and the International Relations Program.

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