The South China Sea is where China’s rising ambitions are colliding with the United States’ global role. This strategic competition is interacting in dangerous and unpredictable ways with tensions about the fate of the atolls and islands that dot the sea: the Spratly islands, the Paracels and Scarborough Shoal. Bill Hayton will explain the sometimes bizarre origins of the various claims and suggest how they might be resolved.

Bill Hayton was appointed an Associate Fellow with the Asia Programme of Chatham House in 2015. He is the author of The South China Sea: the Struggle for Power in Asia (Yale, 2014) and Vietnam: Rising Dragon (Yale, 2010). Bill has worked for the BBC since 1998 and currently works for BBC World News television in London. He was the BBC's reporter in Vietnam In 2006-07 and spent 2013 working on media reform with Myanmar's state broadcaster.

He has given presentations about the South China Sea and Southeast Asian issues for thinktanks and government institutions in the UK, US, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and elsewhere. His written work has been published in The Economist, the South China Morning Post, The Diplomat and the National Interest, among others. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London.

This event is open to all the students and staff of University of Westminster, as well as members of the public. Members of the public should email [email protected] to attend.