There is little doubt that China’s military expansion and island building in the South China Sea will continue. China has a long history of sea exploration and trading which began in the 15th Century, long before Colombus. China’s historical claim to these territorial waters, also claimed by the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan and other Asian nations, may well affect the free flow of international trade and maritime navigation in this vital region.
What should the U.S. response be? This is what will be explored during our discussion, along with some historical background on Chinese motivations.
Court Haight, a retired international banker and currently operator of Haight Farm in South Blue Hill has a long held interest in history and international affairs.
Bob Sargent, a retired diplomat, born in China of missionary parents, lives in Sargentville. Bob is one of the founders of Colloquy Downeast.
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Asia’s Cauldron–Robert D. Kaplan, Random House 2014
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