Who owns the South China Sea?
A Talk by Bill Hayton

Wednesday 24th May. 7pm
Members Free, Non-members 450Baht
The South China Sea is where China's rising ambitions are colliding with the United States' global role. This strategic competition is interacting in dangerous and unpredictable ways with tensions about the fate of the atolls and islands that dot the sea: the Spratly islands, the Paracels and Scarborough Shoal. Bill Hayton will explain the - sometimes bizarre - origins of the various claims and suggest how they might be resolved.

Bill Hayton is an Associate Fellow of Chatham House and author of 'South China Sea: the struggle for power in Asia', listed as one of The Economist's books of the year in 2014. He currently works for BBC News in London. He was the BBC's reporter in Vietnam in 2006/7 and spent 2013 seconded to Myanmar to work on media reform. His first book 'Vietnam: rising dragon' was published in 2010 to excellent reviews. He is currently writing a book on early 20th century Chinese history. His written work has appeared in the Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Foreign Policy and The Diplomat among other publications. He has presented his research to government institutions and think-tanks in the UK, the US, Canada, Singapore, the Philippines and several other countries.

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