Webinar: Sino-American Maritime Competition

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The outcome of the military competition between the U.S. and China in the Asia-Pacific will decide the future of the transatlantic relationship.”

HCSS is pleased to host the webinar to launch the Security Studies special issue on the Sino-American maritime competition. Join us November 16th 15:30-17:30 CET as we discuss how the maritime outcomes in the Asia-Pacific will impact European security.


The Sino-American relationship has become increasingly fraught, and not only over issues of trade and 5G technology. Tensions are mounting in the South China Sea as China continues to build and expand its presence via artificial islands and their militarization. The U.S. Navy is in the process of modernizing its fleet. Technological developments are undermining the military superiority that the United States has long depended on.

What will the consequences be?

The webinar will feature:

The contributors will answer questions such as:

  • What are the diplomatic options for settling maritime claims in the South China Sea?
  • Will advances in missile technology and targeting dampen the chance of conflict or escalate it?
  • Is a blockade of China an alternative to escalation?
  • Are maritime states more prone to conflict?
  • How does insularity complicate U.S. grand strategy?
  • What naval options are there to manage US decline and retrenchment?
  • For Europeans, what will the U.S. strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific mean?
  • What role could and should they play?
  • Is maritime power now more decisive than land power?

Join us on November 16th 15:30 -17:30 CET for the first event of the Initiative on the Future of Transatlantic Relations to hear the latest insights into these questions.

The webinar will take place on Zoom: click here to register

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