Over the past two years, the world has watched the escalating tensions in the East and South China Sea. There are disputes and conflicts between China and its neighbors – Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. These situations are threatening peace, stability, and maritime security and safety in the East and South China Sea.
In order to help ease tensions, the Boston Global Forum builds up the Boston Global Forum Initiative to resolve this issue, and call for peace in the East and South China Sea. The Initiative’s mission is to alleviate the threat of war in the region by facilitating open dialogue amongst involved nations. In doing so, BGF will hold an international conference with leaders from the United States, Asia, and the United Nations. Distinguished Professors, Michael Dukakis and Joseph Nye, will moderate the discussion, and BGF calls on Secretary of State John Kerry to host the event. Due to the travel schedules of many participants, the conference will either take place on July 2, 2014, in Boston, MA or will occur remotely. Like all BGF events, the conference will be live-streamed so that global citizens can join the conversation through social media and the BGF website.
In addition to the conference, the Boston Global Forum Initiative seeks an immediate international response to the escalating crises in Asia and urges the United States and the European Union to deploy naval ships to the region as observers, particularly toward the Chinese HD981 oil rig, which has ventured into Vietnamese waters, and risks sparking a war between China and Vietnam.
The Boston Global Forum recently announced its new Global Media Award and will soon uncover its new Global Art Competition; both contests are part of the overall Initiative to bring peace and stability to the region of the East and South China Sea.