Here's some immediate reaction to Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo's keynote speech.
"Well, I think it's great that both sides emphasize that although the South China Sea is a contentious issue, that the greater relations are really the more important thing and that those are fairly stable, and both sides realize that we need to find ways to address and manage the problems of the South China Sea," said Brendan S. Mulvaney, US Naval Academy.
"But that we shouldn't let them natively impact the great relations. So I think it's very important from both Mr. Dai and, both sides. I think that's good."
I am delighted to attend the China-U.S. dialogue on South China Sea between Chinese and U.S. think tanks jointly organized by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University and meet with old and new friends. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both organizations for putting this dialogue together and my sincere thanks go to all of you here who have for long cared for and supported the development of China-U.S. relations.
I became honorary president of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies at Peking University after retiring from government. In this sense, I can also be counted as a think tank scholar. I very much look forward to having candid and in-depth exchanges with all of you for mutual enlightenment. Full story