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Chinese Expansion and the South China Sea: Beijing’s Strategic Ambition and the Asian Order

China’s ambitions to become Asia’s undisputed regional hegemon is perhaps most evident in the South China Sea, as Beijing creates military bases along remote reefs and islands in a 1.5-million-square mile expanse.  Join us for a discussion with Humphrey Hawksley, author of Asian Waters: The Struggle Over the South China Sea and the Strategy of Chinese Expansion and Los Angeles Times Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Bob Drogin for a discussion on the rivalry between China and the United States, and the dilemma facing countries in the region including Vietnam, South Korea, Indonesia, Japan, and the Philippines to challenge China’s dominance.


  • Humphrey Hawksley

    BBC Foreign Correspondent
  • Bob Drogin

    Deputy Washington Bureau Chief and National Security Editor, Los Angeles Times
  • James Clad

    Senior Fellow for Asia, American Foreign Policy Council and former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia