Dean Joefe B. Santarita gave his presentation, “ASEAN-China Blue Economy Partnerships in the South China Sea” in Session 6, “The 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road and ASEAN-China Maritime Cooperation.” In his paper, he identifies “China-ASEAN’s recent engagements” in developing a sustainable “blue economy” in the South China Sea, identifying “collaborative programs and activities” on “food security; promotion of sustainable marine development; and management, as well as the creation of wealth-generating opportunities based on inclusive, oceans-based economic growth. He also takes a look at the “role of China and ASEAN business industrial sectors” in complementing government initiatives to “manage both fisheries and nonliving sea resources.”
Dr. Henelito A. Sevilla, Jr. presented “China’s New Silk Route Strategy: Its Political and Economic Implications for ASEAN Countries” in the session, “Belt and Road Initiative and Regional Public Goods Supply.” Dr. Sevilla writes that proposals for the New Silk Route will help China “guarantee not only a stable energy supply from the Middle East and Central Asia but also access to the markets of Southeast Asian countries.” He argues that “...given the financial constraints facing many ASEAN member states in realizing its visions for the ASEAN Economic Community,” among others, China’s One Belt, One Road and New Silk Route Initiatives will help expedite the building of infrastructure that ASEAN states need.
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