SCS Sub-forum of BFA 2019: Maritime Security in the Asia-Pacific Cooperation, Order and Rules

March 29-30, 2019

On 29-30 March 2019, the 6th South China Sea Sub-forum of Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2019 was held in Boao, Hainan. The forum was co-organized by the National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS) and Center for International Strategy and Security of Tsinghua University (CIIS-Tsinghua), and supported by China-Southeast Asia Research Center on the South China Sea (CSARC) and the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Secretariat. It brought together nearly one hundred eminent scholars and practitioners from more than forty think tanks, research institutes and business entities of both littoral countries of the South China Sea and extra-regional nations.

The forum consists of an open-door session and a close-door session. The open-door session was chaired by Ms. Fu Ying, Chairwoman of CIIS-Tsinghua. Panel speakers include Dr. Wu Shicun, president of NISCSS; Jusuf Wanandi, co-founder and senior fellow of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia; Zheng Yongnian, director of East Asian Institute at National University of Singapore; Rommel C. Banlaoi, president of the Philippine Association for Chinese Studies; and Golden Holden, director of the China Institute at the University of Alberta.

Themed “Maritime Security in the Asia-Pacific Cooperation, Order and Rules”, the close-door session sub-forum was comprised of five panels, namely “Maritime Security in the Asia-Pacific: Order and Rules”, “Further Cooperation at the New Stage of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road: Challenge and Opportunities”, “Cooperation on Marine Ecological Protection and Fishery Management: Possible Arrangements, Mechanism and Roadmaps”, Hainan Free Trade Zone (Port) Development and Economic Cooperation of the Greater South China Sea” and “Exploring New Opportunities for the Cooperation of the Greater South China Sea Region”.

As an institutionalized session of BFA annual conference, the South China Sea Sub-forum is a high-profile multilateral dialogue platform to pool wisdom and provide constructive ideas to enhance regional peace, stability, prosperity and maritime cooperation of the South China Sea.