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Chinese Military Development – Scope and Strategic Goals

June 1, 2015 - 14:30-16:00

ISDP FORUM with Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro, Assistant Professor at Georgetown University
 
For over a decade, academics, policymakers and government officials have been engaged in a relentless debate about Chinese military capabilities and intentions. To some, China is an expansionist country akin to Germany before WWI. Others argue that while China’s assertive behavior in its regional offshore island disputes is disconcerting, the Party is completely focused on domestic stability and therefore, lacks global ambition. Dr. Mastro argues that while the Chinese leadership would prefer to stay focused on internal development and regional issues, facts on the ground will increasingly compel the CCP to develop some global operational capabilities. Specifically, the burgeoning need to protect commercial assets and Chinese nationals abroad will lead the country to develop some global power-projection capabilities, regardless of its current plans. This has important implications for U.S.-China relations as well as regional security.
 
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Chinese Military Development – Scope and Strategic Goals

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Date:
June 1, 2015
Time:
14:30-16:00