Dr Wu Shicun Spoke on South China Sea and the Belt and Road Issues
Dr Wu Shicun, President of National Institute for South China Sea Studies and Honorary Advisor of the Maritime Silk Road Society (MSRS), visited Hong Kong to share his views on the issues relating to developments in the South China Sea and the Belt and Road in a public lecture today (27 August).
Jointly organized by the Maritime Silk Road Society and the Hong Kong Federation of Hainan Community Organisations, the talk on South China Sea and the Belt and Road was held at HKUST Business School Central in Central and was attended by some 80 guests.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mrs Regina Ip, Co-Chair of MSRS, said, “It is our great honour to welcome Dr Wu Shicun, a renowned expert on the South China Sea to share with us his insights into issues relating to maritime boundaries and economy, international relations and regional security strategies.”
“Through the seminar, we hope to provide participants with greater understanding of South China Sea issues and to enhance Hong Kong people’s awareness of the importance of national security,” she said.
Mrs Ip also took the opportunity to thank the Hong Kong Federation of Hainan Community Organisations for co-organizing this meaningful event.
Also speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr Ying Fuk Lui, Vice President and Treasurer of the Hong Kong Federation of Hainan Community Organisations, indicated that he wished to enhance collaboration between Hainan Province and Hong Kong under the Belt and Road framework.
During his presentation, Dr Wu analyzed the new changes and future movements of the situation in the South China Sea, as well as several important issues such as the building of the “Belt and Road” and the role of Hong Kong.
Brief Biography of Dr Wu Shicun
Dr Wu Shicun has a PhD in history and is president and senior research fellow of China’s National Institute for South China Sea Studies, chairman of board of directors of China-Southeast Asia Research Center on the South China Sea, deputy director of the Collaborative Innovation Center of South China Sea Studies, Nanjing University.
Dr Wu’s research interests cover the history and geography of the South China Sea, maritime delimitation, maritime economy, international relations and regional security strategy. His main single-authored books include What One Needs to Know about the South China Sea (Current Affairs Press, 2016), What One Needs to Know about the Disputes between China and the Philippines (Current Affairs Press, 2014), Solving Disputes for Regional Cooperation and Development in the South China Sea: A Chinese perspective (Chandos Publishing, 2013). His main edited books include: South China Sea Lawfare: Post-Arbitration Policy Options and Future Prospects (South China Sea Think Tank / Taiwan Center for Security Studies, 2017), Arbitration Concerning the South China Sea: Philippines versus China (Ashgate, 2016), UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the South China Sea (Ashgate, 2015), Non-Traditional Security Issues and the South China Sea-Shaping a New Framework for Cooperation (Ashgate, 2014), Recent Developments in the South China Sea Dispute: The Prospect of a Joint Development Regime (Routledge, 2014), Securing the Safety of Navigation in East Asia—Legal and Political Dimensions (Chandos Publishing, 2013). Dr Wu has published widely in academic journals and been the subject of frequent media interviews as a senior commentator on South China Sea, and other regional security issues.
1. Mrs Regina Ip and Mr Ying Fuk Lui (first from left) presenting Certificate of Appreciation to Dr Wu Shicun.
2. A group photograph of Dr Wu Shicun, Mrs Regina Ip, Mr Ying Fuk Lui and Mr Joseph Chan (first from right), Chairman, Silk Road Economic Development Research Center and Honorary Advisor of MSRS.
3. Dr Wu Shicun delivering his presentation.