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CRP Roundtable on the South China Sea

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The Centre of Rising Powers (CRP) and the Cambridge University Southeast Asian Forum are pleased to invite you to a Roundtable Discussion on the South China Sea with Bill Hayton, Dr Andrés Villar Gertner, and Christian Schultheiss.

The South China Sea is where China’s rising ambitions meet the United States’ global primacy. It is also the arena in which Southeast Asia will define its relations with its giant neighbor. The struggle for ownership, access, and control in the South China Sea will determine whether the coming ‘Asian Century’ will be a time of peace or crisis.

Bill Hayton is a longtime reporter and producer with BBC News. He is also currently an associate fellow at the Asia Programme at Chatham House. Bill has authored books on the South China Sea disputes and on the trajectory of Vietnam’s economic development. He has also written from various publications such as The Economist, the South China Morning Post, the Financial Times, and the Times.

Dr Andrés Villar Gertner holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge. Prior to his doctoral studies, he was political analyst in the Department of Planning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile (2007-09) and Research Assistant at FLACSO -Chile (2003-07). He is currently a teaching associate at the Cambridge Centre of Latin American Studies, and a research associate at the Cambridge Centre for Rising Powers.

Christian Schultheiss is a PhD candidate at the Cambridge Centre for Rising Powers. His PhD project analyses the various applications of maritime dispute settlement mechanisms in the East and South China Sea disputes under the supervision of Professor Marc Weller, director of the Lauterpacht Centre for international law. Christian graduated with distinction (MPhil) from Cambridge University in International Relations and he graduated with distinction (MA) from Tübingen University in Philosophy, Political Science and Literature. He has professional and research experience from positions at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, the German Embassy in Ankara and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in Singapore.

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