October 25, 2014 to October 28, 2014
Sanya, Hainan, China

The 2014 dialogue was held October 25-28 in Sanya, Hainan, China. The American delegation of legal experts was led by Stephen Orlins, the National Committee’s president and Peter Dutton, professor and director of China Maritime Studies Institute at U.S. Naval War College. The Chinese side was chaired by Dr. Wu Shicun, the president of NISCSS, and Mr. Gao Zhiguo, judge of International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Accomplished experts on international law and maritime disputes composed both delegations.

The two sides met for two days of open and candid discussion on issues relating to territorial sovereignty, maritime jurisdiction, international and institutionalized dispute resolution approaches as well as security issues in the East and South China Seas. These meetings allowed the participants to come to greater understanding of the motivations of the many players in this issue, providing insight that could inform Chinese and American official decision-making. The discussion gave the American side an opportunity to hear a clear articulation of China’s legal claims, which are often insufficiently understood by those outside China.

Both sides felt the dialogue was significantly fruitful in advancing mutual understandings of the issues regarding maritime disputes, the U.S.-China relationship, and regional relations of current importance to both China and the United States. All the participants appreciate a clarification of these complex issues and hope to continue this dialogue annually.

U.S.-China Track II Dialogue on Maritime Issues & International Law

U.S.-China Track II Dialogue on Maritime Issues & International Law

This dialogue convenes American and Chinese legal experts to explore the issues surrounding China’s recent maritime disputes and escalated tensions in the Pacific, better understand the impact on regional and U.S.-China relations, and provide suggestions for improving the management and settlement of current disputes.

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