UB East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies Program presents China experts Chunjuan Nancy Wei and Wiliam Lay on the “Tensions in the South China Sea: Economic and Political Dimensions” on Wednesday, November 14

What are the ramifications of China’s territorial claims to the resource-rich South China Sea, and why are tensions flaring over this disputed territory that’s so strategically and economically important to the United States?

Learn more at 6 p.m. November 14, when University of Bridgeport professors Dr. Chunjuan Nancy Wei and William Lay present “Tensions in the South China Sea: Economic and Political Dimensions” on the sixth floor of the Wahlstrom Library 126 Park Avenue, Bridgeport.

The lecture is free and open to all.

China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei, and Malaysia have all laid claim to all or part of the South China Sea, and recently the U.S. has sent aircraft carriers to the disputed area, which provides for rich oil and natural gas reserves, an estimated 10 percent of the world’s fisheries catch, and $5 trillion in shipping trade annually.

In their fascinating talk, Dr. Wei, an assistant professor of International Political Economy and Diplomacy and China expert, and Professor Lay, associate professor of Criminal Justice and Human Security and an authority on international law, will especially focus on Sino-Philippine maritime border claims as well as far-reaching geopolitical, financial, and legal consequences for the U.S. and China, the world’s two largest economies.

This program is sponsored by the International College’s Master of Arts program in East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies.
Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu