Maritime security tensions have worsened in recent years in the East China Sea and the South China Sea. The problem has included an increasingly assertive approach by China involving pressure in a ‘grey zone’ short of the use of force. At the same time, China has built up its so-called anti-access military capabilities to raise the risks for the United States, Japan and others in any future confrontation. These developments are dramatically changing the dynamics of conflict prevention and conflict management in Asia.
In this lecture, one of Japan’s leading experts in strategic studies, Dr Ken Jimbo, assessed these critical regional security challenges as well as options for addressing them, with a focus on the implications for Japan and Australia. The event also featurde a panel discussion and a Q & A session involving Dr Jimbo along with the Director of the Lowy Institute’s International Security Program, Rory Medcalf, and former Australian Ambassador to Japan and Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow, Murray McLean AO.