[UP Asian Center and TWSC] Cartography and Psychological Warfare: China and the South China Sea

Friday, 25 April 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Seminar Room, Hall of Wisdom, GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman.

Organized by the Asian Center and the Third World Studies Center, University of the Philippines Diliman.

Lecture 1: The Origins of China’s South China Sea Claim (10 a.m – 12nn)

Broadly describes the story of how, between 1909 and 1947, the U-shaped line came into being and was drawn and redrawn by different cartographers; how translation errors from British maps created misunderstandings; how the Beijing government didn’t know where the Spratlys were in 1933; and how the ‘Nansha' moved around the sea.

Lecture 2: The Power of ‘Enemy Work’ (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.)

Illustrates how Beijing is making use of deliberate psychological warfare strategies towards the Philippines and the US through the use of ‘hawks’ in the media. This paper will show how these hawks are directly connected to military propaganda departments and ponder on what role they play in China’s overall strategy towards the South China Sea.

About the Speaker

Bill Hayton has been with the BBC since 1998. The author of South China Sea: Dangerous Ground (2014, forthcoming) and Vietnam: Rising Dragon (2010), he has reported on the Middle East, and Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Hayton has also been a trainer and a media consultant for various news organizations in Myanmar, Georgia, and Vietnam. He maintains a website at www.billhayton.com.

Friday, April 25, 2014