15th Annual East Asia Security Symposium: Conference
China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing
29 June 2018

Great Power Competition or Collaboration in the Indo-Pacific?

The 2018 conference 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 revival, use and meaning of the Indo-Pacific concept aiming to identify the risks of emerging conflict, areas of great power competition, and collaboration. The most recent US National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy both identify Russia and China as revisionist powers which constitute a greater threat than terrorism. Has the US, now seeking greater military capacity and economic revival through a desire to protect perceived US interests, and a greater willingness to engage in protectionism, subsumed the Asia-Pacific within a larger Indo-Pacific and what does this mean for regional states?

The 19th Party Congress consolidated, affirmed and strengthened President Xi's increasingly global China Dream narrative placing the Belt and Road, AIIB and China's socialist state directed market capitalism, system at 'centre stage'. However, does the Indo-Pacific concept validate a larger Japanese and Indian role within regional relations with middle powers such as Australia and Indonesia also participants within an alternative conception characterised by collective security, rules-based order and democratic politics.

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 2018 theme – Great Power Competition or Collaboration in the Indo-Pacific? – 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