Weaker Claimants’ Responses to China’s Coercion in the South China Sea: A Comparative Analysis


About the Webinar

Tensions in the South China Sea (SCS) have been rising since the late 2000s, when China began to frequently employ coercive measures against other littoral states, such as Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia. These measures included patrols by the Chinese Coast Guard, ramming of fishing vessels, capture of fishermen, and harassment of other nations’ economic activities such as fishing and oil and gas operations within their Exclusive Economic Zones.

This webinar will present a comprehensive and comparative study on how other claimant states have responded to China’s maritime assertiveness in the SCS. Through an analysis of a newly compiled dataset of 329 cases between 1970 and 2021, the webinar aims to answer two key questions: 1) What strategies have weaker nations employed to counter Chinese coercion?; and 2) How effective have these strategies been?

About the Speaker

Huynh Trung Dung (Dung Huynh) is the Lead Faculty member for Public Policy of the YSEALI Academy at Fulbright University Vietnam. Huynh’s research interests include Asia-Pacific international relations, political economy, and policy making. From 2016 to 2021 he worked for the RAND Corporation in the United States, where he participated in diverse research projects on Indo-Pacific security and defense. Prior to joining RAND, Huynh was a lecturer in public policy, leadership, and strategic management at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (currently the FSPPM at Fulbright University Vietnam) and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT) Vietnam. Before that he worked in Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for eight years. He holds a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, an M.P.P. from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and undergraduate degrees in international relations and economics.


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Oct 19 2023


10:00 am - 11:00 am

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