Panel 2, titled “The International Relationships and Interests Behind the South China Sea Disputes,” was moderated by Professor Joseph M. DeThomas. Professor DeThomas is a former American ambassador who spent 29 years as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service and 32 years in the U.S. State Department.
The chief political correspondent for CCTV America, Mr. Wang Guan presented on the panel via video. He discussed Chinese economic and political interest in the South China Sea. He also defended the legitimacy of China’s claim of sovereignty in the South China Sea. Another speaker on the Panel was Professor Flora Sapio, an honorary fellow at the Australian Center on China in the World, who shared her thoughts on “Shifting Concepts of Sovereignty in the South China Sea Dispute.” Dr. Di Li from Middlesex University presented his ideas on the topic as well. By listing different States’ and Unions of States’ official announcements and practices in response to the Hague ruling, Dr. Li concisely summarized the interests of those [international law untities – what does this mean?] in this case from an objective angle.