In the beginning, the problem was bird droppings. From the first territorial claims over the South China Sea to the twisted story of how the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) caused a rush to occupy every islet in that body of water, author and journalist Bill Hayton will trace the bizarre history of the rival claims in the South China Sea. Haydon argues that the increasing conflict between China and its neighbors in these waters today stems from the withdrawal of the colonial powers from Southeast Asia and China’s confused transition from empire to republic. Please join us for an informative and entertaining talk. And we promise not to ram your speedboat!
DATE: Oct 30 (Thursday)
VENUE: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Liangmahe Nanlu 4, Sanlitun
ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door for non-members. Only with registration and photo ID.
REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/30102014
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Bill Hayton is the author of The South China Sea: the struggle for power in Asia (2014 and Vietnam: rising dragon (2010). He has worked for the BBC since 1998, including a posting as the BBC reporter in Vietnam in 2006-7. He currently works for BBC World TV in London. He has written about Southeast Asia for many publications including The Times, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, National Interest and The Diplomat.