Forum: “The South China Sea: Global Epicentre of Superpower Conflict?”

Panel :
  1. Ms Sumathy Permal, Fellow at MIMA (Maritime Institute of Malaysia), and Head of the Straits of Malacca division, who will focus on military development in the area and prospects of a crisis.
  2. Dr Hazmi Rusli, Associate Professor  at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia’s Law Faculty, who will focus on international maritime law.
  3. Mr Bunn Nagara, Senior Fellow at ISIS (Institute of Strategic and International Studies), Foreign Policy and Security Studies division, who will focus on the strategic interests and concerns of the US, China, ASEAN and other major players in the region.
Date : Friday, 18 October 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Perak Bar Auditorium
No. 41, Jalan Dato’ Maharajalela, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Reservations: Please contact Mr Michael Thomas
Tel 05-2413742, 016-2213742
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The crucial US-China relationship is getting worse with no sign of getting any better. And the South China Sea today, more than the Taiwan Straits or any other location, remains tense between these two major powers, even ripe for open conflict between them. Possible conflict may not be planned or desired, but could be sparked off by misunderstanding or miscalculation. Recent events including near misses/collisions between their naval craft, grandstanding, bravado and warnings have added to the risks.