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Maritime Sovereignty in the East and South China Seas
Testimony by Jeff M. Smith
House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces and the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
January 15, 2014
On January 15, 2014, AFPC Director for South Asia Programs Jeff M. Smith testified before the U.S. House of Representatives in a joint hearing held by the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces and the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific . The hearing, titled “Maritime Sovereignty in the East and South China Seas,” focused on China’s provocative behavior in the Western Pacific, and specifically its aggressive posture toward its maritime territorial disputes with Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Smith was joined by witnesses Mr. Peter Dutton, the Director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College, and Ms. Bonnie Glaser, the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Smith focused his testimony on Chinese efforts to deny the U.S. military access to China’s Exclusive Economic Zone, a policy that has already led to nearly a dozen dangerous confrontations between U.S. and Chinese ships at sea, the latest of which occurred on December 5, 2013.