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Contesting Territory, Asserting Sovereignty beyond China’s Borders
March 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Darshana M. Baruah, Fellow, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Andrew Chubb, Senior Lecturer in Chinese Politics and International Relations, Lancaster University
Isaac B. Kardon, Senior Fellow for China Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Nargis Kassenova, Senior Fellow; Director, Program on Central Asia, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
James Evans, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Harvard University
China is increasingly assertive in its claims to territories along its borderlands. From renewed tensions with India in the Himalayas, to the construction of military outposts on expanded islets in the South China Sea, China’s pursuit of land and maritime claims display an unwillingness to compromise in its contestations over territory. Combined with its overseas expansion in military bases and civilian infrastructure, China’s outbound activities indicate that Beijing will continue to assert claims over its near abroad and beyond to ensure its political, military, and economic security. Bringing together experts on the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean, and China’s overseas expansion, this panel discussion asks how China’s adaptive understanding of sovereignty and territory interact with a growing assertiveness in its foreign affairs.