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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.


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.

Dr. Le Quy Quynh, Director General, Maritime Affairs Department, National Boundary Commission, Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The South China Sea has strategic importance to not only countries surrounding the sea but also other countries in the world. Because of its important geo-political location, the South China Sea has became one of the hottest spots in the world with conflicting claims over land features and maritime spaces. Most of the nations would like to maximize their maritime claims from a territory, it leads to the fact that there exist the conflicting maritime claims. In the South China Sea, the claims of  coastal states overlap with that of each other and therefore, the areas formed by these claims need to be delimited or agreed for joint development. However, the claims must based on the principle “the land dominates the sea” and must be mutually accepted by the other states as the legally reasonable claims. This article will review current issues of the delimitation and joint development in the South China Sea.


Remarks by Amb. Dang Dinh Quy, President of the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam, at the 7th South China Sea International Workshop “Cooperation for Regional Security and Development”


Dr. Ken Jimbo, Associate Professor, the Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University, Japan

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