Fourth Annual China Defense and Security Conference (UPDATED!)

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On March 25, The Jamestown Foundation will hold its Fourth Annual China Defense and Security Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference will be a unique opportunity to hear about cutting-edge research on Chinese thinking from Jamestown analysts, who will introduce fresh evidence and perspectives to challenge conventional wisdom about the strategic planning of the PRC. Experts, many of whom rarely visit the capital, will be flying in from England, Taiwan, Honolulu and Australia.

While conferences and events covering China have proliferated in recent years, Jamestown’s conference remains unique in its rigorous coverage of developments in Chinese security and foreign policy, deeply grounded in Chinese sources and beginning from examinations of Chinese interests as they are understood and expressed by analysts and policymakers in Beijing.

The conference is a must-see for analysts interested in understanding Chinese strategy and foreign policy. Among our fourteen featured speakers, a few highlights:

  • Admiral Timothy Keating, (Ret.), former commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, will discuss the role of the United States in responding to Chinese assertiveness in territorial disputes.
  • Bonnie Glaser will present the results of her recent research into the Central Committee’s October Work Forum on Peripheral Diplomacy, presenting evidence about the leadership’s attempts to pursue closer relations with Southeast Asian states even as it continues to intimidate them over territorial disputes.
  • Dennis Blasko will discuss the PLA’s shift to winter training, a major step forward in operational readiness—and show that the recent exercises in the South China Sea were not simply intended to send a message.
  • Andrew Chubb will present recent survey data about popular views of territorial disputes, and challenge the idea that nationalism is an uncontrollable constraint on Chinese foreign policy-making.
  • The four presenters on the cyber panel will present a comprehensive overview of China’s cyber strategy, examining PRC views of escalation and deterrence in the cyber domain, the role of cyber in China’s intelligence practices, and China’s own views of its cyber threats and vulnerabilities.

I look forward to learning from all of our presentations, and the discussions that will follow them. I will hope to see many of you there!

Sincerely yours,

David Cohen
Editor, China Brief

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Fourth Annual China Defense and Security Conference

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

8:30 A.M.–4:10 P.M.

Root Conference Room

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20036-2109

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