Maritime Asia: Securitization of the China Seas

Panel Discussion | May 15 | 4-6 p.m. |  Women's Faculty Club

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Law of the Sea Institute, UC Berkeley, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Southeast Asia Studies

At this forum, the research results of the Berkeley-Cambridge workshop on “Maritime Asia: Securitization of the China Seas” will be reviewed and discussed in terms of relevance and use of history in contemporary international relations problems today. Anchored in the disciplines of historical and international studies, forum participants examine “securitization” as a process of politicization that is geographically defined, historically contingent, resource constrained and trans-temporal in its effects. Securitization is discussed as the formation of a discourse that is contingent upon complex speech acts in multiple sites. What can we learn from China’s modern history about the nation’s long-term aspirations as a maritime power? How does Beijing pursue naval preeminence in a post-Cold War political economy of globalizing connections and multilateral agreements? As China aspires to become a major Asian maritime power in the 21st century, we propose to examine the how, why, and the so what, internally and internationally, about its significance. Moderated by Wen-hsin YEH, University of California, Berkeley.

Speakers include:

Pär CASSEL, University of Michigan
Sarah KIRCHBERGER, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Kun-Chin LIN, University of Cambridge
Yann-huei SONG, Academia Sinica
Yuan-kang WANG, Western Michigan University, 510-642-2809;, 510-642-2809