14th Annual East Asia Security Symposium: Conference
China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing
30 June 2017

Fundamental Principles of Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation


The 2017 conference – Fundamental Principles of Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation – will focus on new research in fields such as diplomacy, global political economy, history, international conflict management, international relations, peace studies and strategic studies. Participants in this ongoing series of conferences represent numerous disciplines, and often employ inter-disciplinary methods in developing their research.

Participants will explore the principles of Asia-Pacific security aiming to identify areas for collaboration, the risks of competition and emerging conflict, and how best to manage the perceived interest of states for significant re-definition of security cooperation. On January 11 China’s White Paper titled China’s Policies on Asia-Pacific Cooperation was published and in the United States President Trump’s administration is revising policy, norms and expectations. Events and issues are thus to be recast within the disturbed setting.

与会者将探讨亚太地区安全原则,以确定合作领域、竞争和出现冲突的风险,以及如何平衡各国的利益,为该地区的安全合作赋予新的内涵。1月11日,中国发布了名为《中国亚太合作政策》的白皮书;针对亚太地区,美国特朗普政府也正在重新制定政策、规范和期望。 因此,在这个风起云涌的地区,一系列事件和问题将发生彻底的变化。

The subjects to be deliberated include the South and East China Seas’ territorial issues and UNCLOS. The Korean peninsula and nuclear weapons programs and delivery systems. The roles of middle and small powers within the region (e.g. Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam). Japan and Taiwan’s place within the region and their hub and spokes links to the US Alliance system. Trade and trade mechanisms (e.g. America-first smart trade, Belt Road Initiative, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, Trans-Pacific Partnership-1).


Beyond the conference theme all paper proposals with a China focus are considered. Exemplar issues that may be deliberated include the overt extension of Chinese maritime capacity (into the Indian Ocean, to Africa and the Americas); new visions of bilateral, regional or multilateral relations such as the TPP-1 or the AIIB; new fields of interaction across the playing fields, of for example, global economies, technology, cyber security and even space; new theoretical concepts and critiques; the differing roles of great, middle or small powers; the pace, place and conceptions of development and democracy with regard to security, stability and other political and economic goods. Our 2017 theme – Fundamental Principles of Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation – looks to synthesize and generate multi-disciplinary reviews and analysis. What are your ideas? Share and publish them through the East Asia Security Symposium and Conference!

Peer Reviewed Research Output Opportunities

The conference offers participants two peer-reviewed research output opportunities.

  • Peer-Reviewed Conference Paper: Those participants wishing to have their conference paper peer-reviewed and published may request this in consultation with the conference directors and should do so prior to the conference. The East Asian Studies Center at China Foreign Affairs University regularly publishes peer reviewed papers as does the East Asia Security Centre's Peer-reviewed Publishing Site at Bond University. You may publish in English, Mandarin or both.
  • Book Chapter: From previous conference presentations Routledge has published the book China’s Strategic Priorities (2016). Bond University Press published Chinese Engagements: Regional Issues with Global Implications (2011). Both books have been co-edited by the directors of the conference Brett McCormick and Jonathan H. Ping. Our expectation is to continue compiling appropriately related papers for similar book publications.

Format and Eligibility

Conference presentations are ten minutes in length; all customary presentation facilities are provided. All registered participants in the East Asia Security Symposium are eligible to present papers. Non symposium participants are able to present but must submit an abstract (500 words) for review prior to the conference and pay a US$220 conference fee. Applicants will be notified of acceptance within two weeks of abstract submission.

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Dr Brett McCormick - Director of Global Studies, University of New Haven (USA) 203-479-4988