China's Relations with Southeast Asia, Hearing Before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, May 13, 2015   [open pdf - 1MB]

This congressional hearing is from the May 13, 2015 on "China's Relations with Southeast Asia," held before the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission. From the Opening Statement of Carolyn Bartholomew: "Today's hearing will focus on key developments in the security, diplomatic and economic spheres of China's relations with countries in Southeast Asia and with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN. It will seek to understand how China's relations with the region may be changing and the implications of developments in China-Southeast Asia relations for the United States. Among the security and geopolitical challenges in Southeast Asia, the South China Sea disputes are some of the most contentious. In recent years, China has taken a more assertive, some would say aggressive, approach to its territorial claims in the South China Sea. Beijing has sought to advance these claims through deploying various civilian and military maritime actors and through land reclamation and construction on the land features that it controls, among other means. China's actions are causing countries in the region and the United States to question whether China will be a peaceful and cooperative regional and global partner and are increasing the risk of regional instability and even an armed conflict, which could involve the United States. Since 2014, China has dramatically increased its land reclamation and construction activities in the Spratly Islands." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Carolyn Bartholomew, Daniel M. Slane, Daniel M. Slane, Bonnie Glaser, Mira Rapp Hooper, and Patrick Cronin.

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