The Great Wall of Sand: Militarizing the South China Sea

Date/Time: Wed 15 Nov / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Monash University, Room E561, (Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus

School of Social Sciences (SoSS)


The Great Wall of Sand: Militarizing the South China Sea

No body of water is more hotly contested than the South China Sea (SCS). Seven littoral states have maritime claims in the SCS, the largest of which is China’s. Beijing claims the entire SCS as its ‘historic waters’, demarcated by a ‘nine- dash line’ drawn by the Chinese Nationalist government in 1947. The SCS is arguably the world’s most important sea line of communication and is central to China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative. It is also critical to the energy security of China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.  However, the SCS has developed into a potential flashpoint for conflict between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the US.  In a landmark 2016 judgment, the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled against the PRC’s claim to the SCS as its “historic waters.” Since 2013, the PRC has militarised the SCS, giving rise to increasing friction between Washington and Beijing. Can geopolitical and geoeconomic issues in the SCS be resolved peacefully, or will this maritime region become a conflict zone?

Pleasr RSVP to by Tuesday the 14th of November.


Dr. Remy Davison is Jean Monnet Chair in Politics & Economics at Monash University and a UN Global Expert. He is the co-author (with Joern Dosch and Michael Connors) of The New Global Politics of the Asia Pacific: Conflict and Cooperation in the Asian Century (2017), The Political Economy of the Eurozone Crises (forthcoming 2018), The Political Economy of Single Market Europe (2011) and Foreign Policies of the Great and Emerging Powers (2008).

Wednesday 15th November

1:00pm – 2:00pm

E561, Fifth Floor, East Wing
Menzies Building, 20 Chancellors Walk
Clayton Campus

For more information, please contact Julian Millie on 9905 2996.

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