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Professor Peter Dutton, from the China Maritime Studies Institute, presented "The South China Sea through a Chinese Lens" to staff members of the Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 22 at their offices in the Russell Senate Building.
 
Present were staffers for Senators from both the majority and minority, as well as Navy legislative fellows. Discussions ranged widely concerning how best to engage the Chinese, while at the same time preserving core American interests in East Asian stability and freedoms of navigation.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 22, 2010) Professor Peter Dutton, China Maritime Studies Institute, pauses to speak with Dana White, a staff representative from Senator John McCain's office, during a visit to the Senate Armed Services Committee.  (Photo provided by CMSI)The presentation was developed to disseminate many of the lessons learned from last summer's China Maritime Studies Institute's Workshop entitled "The Strategic Implications of Military Activities in the EEZ" in which U.S. and Chinese academic, policy and military representatives discussed this sensitive topic in Newport just four months after the USNS Impeccable Incident.
 
Dutton's brief has already been delivered at U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet, the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet, Tufts University's Fletcher School, the U.S.-China Commission, and at the Nippon Foundation in Tokyo. Additional presentations are scheduled in the near future at the Offices of the Secretary of Defense, OPNAV, Office of Naval Intelligence, the State Department, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, at Harvard University's Fairbank Center for China Studies, and as a lecture of opportunity for students and faculty in Newport.
 
Provided by China Maritime Studies Institute