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Calm Sea

U.S.-China Security Dialogues: Advancing Communication at a Bilateral Crisis Point (2019-2024)

This project is a series of dialogue conferences aimed at producing dialogue and productive conversations among former senior military officers, government officials, and leading scholars of the US and China. The dialogues will focus primarily on the South China Sea disputes and maritime security issues concerning the two nations. This project will also discuss and research the interrelated regional security issues, especially the Taiwan question, to better understand the changing regional security dynamics.  

The overarching goal of this project is to advance US-China communication and dialogue on key security issues at this bilateral crisis point. This project has the following objectives: (1) to establish alternative channels of communication over key security issues, especially when the bilateral relationship is in crisis and high-level communication is obstructed; (2) to assist American and Chinese policy communities in understanding each other’s perspectives, intentions and interests with regard to the South China Sea and the related regional security issues; and (3) to promote mutually beneficial conflict analysis, management and resolution, and develop new policy options and prevent misjudgment.


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American participants visited the School of International Studies at Renmin University in Beijing, China, during the US-China Maritime Security Dialogue conference on December 10, 2018.


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Group photo of the participants taken during the 'Securing East Asian Peace: Meeting Challenges and Managing Conflicts' Conference, July 15-17, 2023, in Tokyo, Japan.


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