Thank you for participating as a China Conference: Southeast Asia (CCSEA) delegate, scheduled for February 18-19, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. We would like to share updates about our event with you.
We have been carefully monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus, the recommendations by the World Health Organization, as well as health and international travel advisories. In the interest of your safety, we are postponing the event. We will be in touch shortly with a new conference date.
We appreciate your patience and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. We look forward to having you join our conference later this year.
Thank you very much.
China is fuelling rising tensions and territorial disputes as it maintains maritime claims over two largely uninhabited island chains, the Paracels and the Spratlys. The country has stepped up its coastguard presence and military drills, created small artificial islands, intimidated Taiwan, and increased assertiveness in the contested waters. Retaliating, the US has deployed warships to demonstrate freedom of navigation and imposed sanctions on Chinese enterprises in the disputed waters. How can ASEAN help avert South China Sea conflicts amid US-China rivalry? What steps need to be taken to uphold regional stability, maritime security and cooperative engagement? As Southeast Asian claimants are tackling the coronavirus pandemic, the global recession and tightening defence budgets, how will this affect their response strategies in the South China Sea?