General (Rtd) Daniel Schaeffer is a former defence attaché to the French embassies in Thailand, Vietnam and China. General Schaeffer also held different positions of responsibilities related to international military relations (operational logistics, military cooperation, crises management, intelligence). After his active military career, he has worked for different public and private orgnisations as a senior consultant for China and South East Asia. He has to his credit several studies conducted for the benefit of Defence authorities as well as private companies. He regularly participates in seminars and academic sessions. He is one of the best experts on the South China Sea issue.