In July 2019, VietNamNet journalist Nguyen Thi Lan Anh interviewed Governor Michael Dukakis, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Boston Global Forum, about solutions for peace and security in the South China Sea. China’s redeployment of a government-owned survey vessel, together with armed escorts, into waters offshore Vietnam near Vanguard Bank on August 13, is an escalation by Beijing in its efforts to intimidate other claimants out of developing resources in the South China Sea (SCS). Morgan Ortagus, a spokesperson of State Department, said:
“The United States is deeply concerned that China is continuing its interference with Vietnam’s longstanding oil and gas activities in Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) claim. This calls into serious question China’s commitment, including in the ASEAN-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, to the peaceful resolution of maritime disputes.”
Governor Michael Dukakis said in the interview: “The world needs standards, and countries need to connect on the basis of common standards. There is no perfect model at the moment, but it is necessary to accept the best model available, thereby continuing to improve it. If you do not accept common social standards, it will cause conflicts and disputes.”
The article can be found here.