Solutions to Avoid Armed Conflict in the South China Sea

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Professor Sean P. Henseler, Director of Operations of Operational Level Programs, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island in BGF’s conference on October 16, 2015.

(October 17, 2015) – What are china objectives in the South China Sea? ” I think China has every intention to insert its control and sovereignty over the entire South China and East China Sea”, Professor Sean P. Henseler, Director of Operations at Operational Level Programs in the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island said during the Boston Global Forum conference Dangerous Situation and Solutions for Peace and Security
in  the South China Sea which was held on October 16 at Harvard Faculty Club.

Professor Henseler also suggested the conducting of US’s frequent Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPS) with other claimants in the South China Sea in order to go against all excessive claims in the disputed waters. Another solution might be the continual of having military-to-military exchange with Chineses to build transparency, build trust, build relationship. However, the most important is to look at “what the nature of relationship we want with China? This is going to be a competitive environment…. How do we deal with China in a competitive environment in a way that it doesn’t lead to all armed conflicts?”, he added. 

Watch his full speech here: