The Department of Defense’s first report on Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China was delivered to the United States Congress in 2000. This year’s report not only looks back at the development of China’s People’s Liberation Army over the last 20 years, but it also assesses the current state of China’s military-technological development and the probable future course of its security and military strategy. In addition, Sbragia will address US-China engagement and cooperation on security matters as well as strategies related to them.
On October 7, we will be discussing the department's report with
Chad Sbragia, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (China).
The discussion will also cover China’s relations with the Indo-Pacific region, which are dynamic, interconnected, and complex – not least from a security perspective. Given that the German government has now responded with its new Leitlinien zum Indo-Pazifik (“Indo-Pacific Guidelines”), experts on these guidelines will also participate, exploring areas of both crossover and difference between the United States and Germany on these issues.
Together, the US report and German guidelines demonstrate the increasing attention paid to strategic issues in the Asian Pacific, where China has been a point of special focus due to its recent deadly border conflicts with India and military aggression toward Taiwan. Indeed, China has announced its plans to have a military “capable of fighting and winning wars” by 2049 – an indirect formulation that should broadly be understood to mean that it is aiming to have the strongest military in the world.
Didi Kirsten Tatlow, Senior Fellow in DGAP’s Asia Program, will offer some comments. The event will be moderated by DGAP’s Tyson Barker.
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