Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia

QLD: CAPT David L O Hayward (Retd) - " The Sovereignty Dispute in the South China Sea, Economic Considerations for the Military & Economic Security of Australia"

  • 13 Sep 2017
  • 12:00 - 14:00
  • Victoria Barracks, Brisbane, QLD 4000


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Promoting Australia’s National Security & Defence
A Constituent Body of the Royal United Services Institute of Australia

Wednesday 13 September 2017
RUSI Hall, Victoria Barracks 12:00 noon for 12:30pm

"The Sovereignty Dispute in the South China Sea
Economic Considerations for the Military & Economic Security of Australia"


What's behind the increasing militarization of China's occupation of 30 islets?  Why has China constructed four "unsinkable" aircraft carriers, with 7.46 miles of runways capable of supporting 80 aircraft, in the middle of a busy $5.3 trillion trade conduit?  Why has Hainan Island become a fortress for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) South Fleet and Jin Class SSBN submarines?  Why have countries littoral to the SCS retaliated by occupying other SCS and East China Sea islets (number of occupied islets in parenthesis): Indonesia (1), Japan (11), Malaysia (7), Philippines (16), Russia (4), South Korea (2), Taiwan (2) and Vietnam (29)?  What's the basis for the prevailing territorial disputes finding their way to the Permanent Court of Arbitration Court and the U.N. Security Council?  What is rules-based global order? What are FONOPS?  What are the geopolitical, logistic, economic and military implications for Australia?  Why should Australians be concerned about current developments in the SCS?  Is the ultimate prosperity of our nation at stake?  What leadership role and diplomatic solutions can Australia engender?  Does our country have an economic future?  Is the current China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), worth close to AUD$100 billion, under threat?; and there are many more questions to this complex problem at the very nexus of Australia's future prosperity.

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