Asian Academy of International Law
3 June 2023


Asian Academy of International Law
AAIL Foundation

Given the strategic importance of the South China Sea to the region and even the world at large, both geopolitically and economically, the South China Sea dispute has been attracting heightened attention. With Ms Teresa Cheng as the moderator, this lecture featured Dr Wu Shicun, a highly distinguished expert in this field. Looking at the past, present, and future of the South China Sea dispute in a comprehensive and thorough manner, Dr Wu provided an encyclopaedic analysis on various issues, from reviewing the history to examining the origin of the dispute arising from overlapping territorial claims of neighbouring countries. Added complexities have been brought about by the geopolitical tensions between China and US as well as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Looking ahead, Dr Wu suggested relevant countries to consider strengthening cooperation on topics such as environmental protection.

What attendees say

• The presentation was thorough and very updated.
• It gave a comprehensive account of the issues underlying the subject of South China Sea and how China should contain the situation under the current geopolitical climate. I have benefitted a lot from the lecture.
• Anyone who wants to understand the latest China-US tension or invest in the markets should not miss this lecture. My heartfelt thanks to the moderator, Dr Wu, and the Academy for organising the lecture!