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  • Speaker | 30 October, 2014

    Who owns the South China Sea?

    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)
    TIME: 2:30-4pm
    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

    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.

    Speaker | 29 October, 2014

    Northeast Asia in flux: A view from Korea

    Has Beijing shifted its Korea policy from North to South? Why don’t Xi and Kim get along? Is Kim, back from his 40 day retreat, really in control? What is Pyongyang’s playbook– is the recent charm offensive for real? How will President Park Geun-hye in Seoul respond to the overtures from the North? Are we on the cusp of new, friendlier chapter in inter-Korean relations? How about the North Korea-Japan deal to resolve the ‘abduction’ issue? If it goes through, what will North Korea get? Can Abe and Kim sell it domestically? And where do all these developments and potential breakthroughs leave the U.S. and its ‘pivot’ to Asia?

    DATE: Oct 29 (Wednesday)
    TIME: 3:30-5pm
    VENUE: Embassy of Denmark, Sanlitun Dongwu Jie 1
    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/29102014/

    John Delury
    is an assistant professor of Chinese and East Asian studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, and author, with Orville Schell, of Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century (Random House, 2013). He studied at Yale for his BA and returned to work under Jonathan Spence for a PhD on modern Chinese history. He taught Chinese history and politics at Brown, Columbia, and Peking Universities, and was founding associate director of Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations in New York. He follows Korean Peninsula affairs closely, having lived in South Korea since 2010, and visited North Korea four times in the past five years, most recently with the delegation led by Google’s Eric Schmidt and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. He is a regular contributor to Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Global Asia and 38 North, as well as scholarly journals in Chinese studies and Northeast Asian affairs, and his commentary appears frequently in the press. He is a senior fellow at the Asia Society, term member of the Council of Foreign Relations, member of the National Committee on North Korea, and was recently selected for the National Committee on US-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program.