Washington conference updates developments in East Sea

(VOV) -The latest developments and policy options in the East Sea were the forefront of a conference held in Washington D.C. on July 21 hosted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

The fifth annual event attracted experts from Vietnam, China, the Philippines and the US, among others. 

Panels addressed recent developments in the East Sea, legal issues and strategic balance and engage in a crisis simulation. 

Two hot issues highlighted at the full-day event were the Philippines’s lawsuit against China to the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and China’s illegal construction of artificial islands in the East Sea. 

Daniel Russell, US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs said any disputes must be solved via diplomatic solutions and in line with international law.