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Dr. Vu Thanh Ca, Assoc. Prof., Director, Research Institute for the Management of Seas and Islands, Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands

As seas are interconnected, marine pollution can propagate rapidly and impact on a wide scale, even cross many countries. Many species of marine animals can migrate to a large scale, or entire the world ocean. Thus, to protect marine ecological systems and biodiversity, it is necessary to have the problems solved on an entire ecological system. Therefore, to protect fishery resources and environment of the SCS, besides mechanisms for coordinating and cooperating activities of different branches and local governments in a country, it is necessary to have a mechanism for coordinating activities of countries surrounding the SCS. Thus, it is necessary to apply the ocean governance and develop and implement integrated ocean governance policies for the SCS. The governance will create a common framework for management and is established from international conventions, agreements on maritime activities and on the use and exploitation of natural resources, conservation and protection of marine environment and ecological systems for socio-economic development.


South China Sea Young Leaders Program

-David Fitzsimmons

-Liu Chang

-Angela Poh

-Gregoire-Francois Legault

-Nguyen Ngoc Lan

-Lim KhengSwe

-Tran Thi Ngoc Suong

-Truong Minh HuyVu


Prof. Carl Thayer, The University of New South Wales, the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra,  Australia

Are we about to see the conclusion of a binding COC thirteen years after ASEAN and China committed themselves to “to work, on the basis of consensus, towards the eventual attainment of this objective”? It seems highly unlikely because China insists that the 2002 Declaration on Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) be fully implemented first. This paper canvasses what are the likely “crucial, difficult and complicated issues” that remain to be resolved. The paper argues that ASEAN should pursue its own dual track approach to managing tensions in the South China Sea. First, ASEAN mustcontinue to pursue its consultations with China on the COC. Second, in light of China’s construction of forward operating bases on its artificial islands, ASEAN should look beyond the COC and shore up the ASEAN Political-Security Community while at the same time drawing in the support of its dialogue partners. Only ASEAN unity and leadership will preserve its centrality in managing challenges to Southeast Asia’s security.


South China Sea Young Leaders

7th International Conference on the South China Sea


Prof. Jay Batongbacal, Director, U.P. Institute for Maritime Affairs & Law of the Sea, University of the Philippines

With the conclusion of oral arguments by the Philippines during the jurisdictional phase of the Annex VII arbitration it initiated against China, the arbitral tribunal announced that it will endeavor to make a decision on the issues of jurisdiction and admissibility before the end of 2015. This paper will attempt to anticipate the range of possible decisions that the tribunal might make in order to identify the potential scenarios and directions that the SCS disputes will take in the immediate future, and determine options that the claimant countries may have in response to the situation.

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