11 May 2010

NWC CMSI Conference Addresses Sino-American Non-Traditional Maritime Security Challenges

Naval War College Discusses Chinese and American Maritime Challenges,” Naval War College Public Affairs, 11 May 2010.

NEWPORT, R.I. – The China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) at the Naval War College presented a conference, May 4-5, entitled “Chinese and American Approaches to Non-Traditional Security Challenges: Implications for the Maritime Domain.”

This annual conference served to continue a dialogue among Chinese and American specialists regarding the development of cooperation in the maritime domain.

“There is no alternative to cooperation, so ultimately we always come back to that theme, and so indeed because of that, this institute will remain strongly committed to supporting U.S.-China maritime cooperation,” said Dr. Lyle Goldstein, director for CMSI, in his closing remarks.

Panels focused on non-traditional security challenges, peacekeeping and stability operations, counterpiracy and counterterrorism, humanitarian activities and disaster relief, and opportunities for enhanced Chinese-American maritime cooperation.

The conference derived its objective from the October 2007 Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower goal to “foster and sustain cooperative relationships with more international partners” and sought to create the intellectual framework for further enhanced U.S.-China maritime cooperation.


For policy recommendations concerning U.S.-China security cooperation more broadly, see: Andrew S. Erickson and Wei He, U.S.-China Security Relations,” in Task Force Report—U.S.-China Relations: A Roadmap for the Future, Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum Issues & Insights, Vol. 9, No. 16 (August 20, 2009), pp. 7-12, available in English and Chinese.