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January 31, 2018

Maritime Cooperation & Competition in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

Henry Jackson Society

TIME:  12:00 – 13:00, Wednesday 31st January 2018

VENUE: Committee Room G, House of  Lords,

Palace of Westminster, London SW1A OPA


Admiral Chen Yeong-Kang 
Former Deputy Minister of National Defense of Taiwan

Dr Alessio Patalano
Reader, War Studies, Kings College London

Dr John Hemmings
Director, Asia Studies Centre, Henry Jackson Society

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The global maritime space is dramatically shifting. As developed economies – stymied by economic challenges – rush to embrace China’s economic potential in the form of trade deals, Beijing has pursued an assertive and expansionist policy with regards to some of the world’s most important maritime trade sea lanes. As the traditional guarantor of Pacific maritime security and access to the global commons, the US continues to push against Chinese moves. As Chinese sea power continues to expand, Admiral Chen will discuss how Taiwan’s geographic importance will play a pivotal role in securing peace for the region.

By kind invitation of Lord West of Spithead GCB, DSC, PC, The Henry Jackson Society are delighted to invite you to an event with Admiral Chen Yeong-Kang, Former Deputy Minister of National Defense of Taiwan. Admiral Chen will discuss how Taiwan’s democratic and economic development can play a positive role in regional security and go on to promote regional prosperity.

Admiral Chen Yeong-Kang

Admiral Chen Yeong-Kang  is the former Deputy Minister of National Defense of the Taiwan. Admiral Chen graduated from Chinese Naval Academy in 1974 for service as a Surface Warfare Officer and completed studies in U.S. Naval War College in 1997. As Vice Minister for Policy, he served as the senior civilian advisor to the Minister. During his term of Chief of Navy, he had brought innovative and asymmetric ideas into different divisions, including Navy future force build-up, operations and training planning as well as international engagements. Admiral Chen also served as President of National Defense University. In addition, he alsoplayed as Red Team Leader in many large scale Command Post Exercises and Field Training Exercises.

Alan West

Admiral The Rt Hon. the Lord West of Spithead GCB, DSC, PC, is a Member of the House of Lords. Until February 2006, Lord West was First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, making him head of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, responsible for the fighting effectiveness of Britain’s Naval Service. During West’s illustrious career, he played a lead role in enabling women to have full integration into the Royal Navy. Lord West was Commander in Chief and Chief of Defence Intelligence. Between 2007 and 2010, Lord West served as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office and has since advised both the Conservative and Labour parties on defence and security – producing the UK’s first ever National Security Strategy and Cyber-Security Strategy, as well as formulating the latest counter-terrorist policy. In 1982, West received a Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry in the Falklands War. In the Millennium Honours he was made a Knight of the Order of Bath before being conferred as a Knight Grand Cross in 2004. In 2010, Lord West was appointed to the Privy Council.

Dr Alessio Patalano

Dr Alessio Patalano is Reader in War Studies at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and specialises in East Asian maritime security and Japanese naval history and strategy. He is also Visiting Fellow at the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Staff College and Temple University Japan, both in Tokyo. Dr Patalano has published in professional and academic journals in English, Japanese, and Italian languages. His latest monograph titled Post-war Japan as a Seapower: Imperial Legacy, Wartime Experience, and the Making of a Navy was published Bloomsbury in 2015. Dr Patalano has contributed to professional forums debating in military and strategic affairs in Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of China, and the United States.

Dr John Hemmings

Dr John Hemmings is the founding Director of the Asia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society and an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has a PhD in international relations at the London School of Economics, where he focused on security issues in the Asia Pacific region. He is a CSCAP-EU committee member and was the UK Secretariat for the UK-Japan 21st Century Group in 2013 and 2015. Dr Hemmings has given briefings to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to US Forces Korea, to the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK, and taken part in future challenges workshops at the Cabinet Office. He has authored a number of book chapters, academic journals, and newspaper articles commenting on Asia, contributing the Telegraph, the Diplomat, the lowy Interpreter, and the National Interest.