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Critical Issues Confronting China featuring Isaac Kardon – China’s Maritime Power and the Law of the Sea

April 12, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 1:15 pm

Chinese aircraft carrier

Read our blog post on the event: China’s New Maritime “Rules” in Asia Could Lead to Conflict

Speaker: Isaac Kardon, Senior Fellow, Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Discussant: Takuhiro Ikeda, Senior Fellow, Harvard University Asia Center; Former Vice Admiral, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force

Who makes “the rules” of international order? The international law of the sea is one of the oldest and most significant bodies of rules governing international relations — and also one of the most hotly contested. China’s maritime disputes are a crucible for the emerging international order of the 21st century. In these disputes, China is at odds with all of its regional neighbors over how the law of the sea should govern boundaries, resources, and dispute resolution. At the strategic level, disputes over navigational rules engage the United States and its allies and their interest in navigation on, above, and below the contested waters of East Asia. China’s claimed maritime rights and interests offer unique insights into China’s emerging vision for international rules, the role of state sovereignty in the international order, and the future of great power competition in the oceans and beyond.

Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center and the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center For International Affairs

Also via Zoom. Register at: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CQmXvPNYRfuN9YBaYKMJ8w

YouTube recording of “Critical Issues Confronting China featuring Isaac Kardon – China’s Maritime Power and the Law of the Sea”


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