The China Dilemma – December 10

It is no secret that Vietnam’s relationship with China is complicated. In fact, almost all countries in Asean have a complicated relationship with China. On the one hand, China remains an important economic partner. On the other hand, China threatens stability of the region, with the South China Sea disputes among Beijing and other claimants yet to be resolved. Asean now considers China the “most important” dialogue partner of the 10-nation bloc. However, dialogue is increasingly conducted under the barrel of the gun. China’s naval capabilities have been progressing at breakneck pace. It has also built artificial islands and installed military equipment in disputed waters. China certainly recognizes the importance of investments in sea control as the rising superpower seeks to expand its regional ambitions. Current US-China trade tensions might help Asean claimants in the short run, as it makes Beijing less likely to use coercive means to resolve territorial disputes. But what does the future hold and how does Vietnam fit into the picture? Come Lunch ‘n’ Learn with AmCham on December 10 for a discussion with well-known Asia expert Donald K. Emmerson.

Professor Emmerson heads the Southeast Asia Program in the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, where he is also affiliated with the Center on Development, Democracy, and the Rule of Law. His current research focuses on relations between Southeast Asia and China. Before moving to Stanford, he was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he won a campus-wide teaching award.

Emmerson has testified before House and Senate committees on Asian affairs and serves on the editorial boards of Contemporary Southeast Asia, the Journal of Democracy, and the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs. He is also a scholar or advisor with LinkAsia, the National Bureau of Asian Research, and the US Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, among other organizations.

He has a PhD in political science from Yale University and a BA in international affairs from Princeton University. His new book, The Deer and the Dragon: Southeast Asia and China in the 21st Century, is coming out soon.

FUNCTION:      Lunch ‘n’ Learn about The China Dilemma
DATE:             Tuesday, December 10
TIME:             12:00pm – 1:45pm
PLACE:            Pan Pacific Hanoi, No 1 Thanh Nien
COST:             VND 650,000 (members); VND 900,000 (non-members)

As Vietnam takes over as Chair of Asean, come learn about the most important geopolitical issues in the region. Attendees at this event will enjoy a three-course lunch during the discussion. Please register your participation by clicking on the button below or by calling (84) 24 3934 2790.