Join Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt to discuss ICG’s latest report on tensions in the South China Sea.
The conflicting mandates and lack of coordination among Chinese government agencies have stoked tensions in the South China Sea, many of which use this issue to try to increase their power and budget. Repeated proposals to establish a more centralised mechanism have foundered while the only agency with a coordinating mandate, the foreign ministry, does not have the authority or resources to manage other actors.
The Chinese navy’s use of maritime tensions to justify its modernisation, and nationalist sentiment around territorial claims, further compound the problem. But more immediate conflict risks lie in the growing number of law enforcement and paramilitary vessels playing an increasing role in disputed territories without a clear legal framework. They have been involved in most of the recent incidents, including the prolonged standoff between China and the Philippines in April 2012 in Scarborough Shoal.
While Beijing took measures in mid-2011 to moderate its approach in order to repair damage done to regional relationships that had led to an expanded U.S. role in the region, this is unlikely to be sustainable unless China adopts consistent overarching policy executed uniformly throughout the different levels of government.
DATE: Tuesday, April 24
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Stephanie T. Kleine-Ahlbrandt is the North East Asia Project Director at the International Crisis Group (ICG) in Beijing where she supervises the work of a small team of analysts responsible for research and analysis on the role of China in conflict areas around the world. Previously, she was an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and before that worked for 10 years for the United Nations where she was responsible for cooperation with the People’s Republic of China; served as Officer-in-Charge of the Asia-Pacific region; and served as Desk Officer for several African countries.
Previously, Ms. Kleine-Ahlbrandt worked in the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (1996), investigated genocide and other human rights violations for the United Nations in Rwanda (1994-1995), and worked with the Legal Affairs Directorate of the Council of Europe (1993-1994).
International Crisis Group: The ICG gives advice to governments, and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union and World Bank, on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict. Its primary goals are a combination of field-based analysis, policy prescription, and high-level advocacy, with key roles being played by a senior management team experienced in government and by an active Board of Trustees containing many former senior diplomats. ICG has analysts working in over 50 crisis-affected countries and territories across four continents.