China has become the greatest driver of global seaborne trade and international commerce. The country has firmly established itself as the world’s largest shipbuilder (and ship recycler), top contributor to the global commercial fleets; to the global seafarer’s market; and to port development projects around the world. The challenges of the country’s huge demand for resources to maintain its unprecedented economic growth, are reaching far beyond national boundaries and increasing to a global scale. Meanwhile, it is recognised by the world community that China’s current patterns of production and consumption are placing enormous pressure on the planet. Indeed, the necessity to preserve the earth for future generations is rapidly becoming mainstream and forms discussion and debate at all levels.
This conference will examine China’s growth, impact and implications in the maritime domain, and will focus on the economic, social and environmental dimensions.
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