BUCSA Hosts Symposium on Chinese Naval Expansion

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January 20th, 2011

chinasymp1Significant attention has been paid to U.S.-China relations, particularly in the wake of a recent visit to the United States by Chinese President Hu Jintao.  In particular, there has been much discussion about the growth of China’s military power.  But, what effect will this growth have on East Asia and the greater Pacific?

On November 19, 2010, the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia and the United States Naval War College hosted an afternoon symposium addressing the questions raised specifically by China’s recent naval expansion.  With an introductory address by BU Professor Andrew Bacevich (International Relations) titled, “The U.S. and China in a Changing World,” and two panels featuring speakers from both colleges, a lively debate on China’s intentions, the role of the United States and other Pacific neighbors, and the short and long term impacts ensued.  Open to the public, the audience of over 80 specialists, faculty and students, also had an opportunity to ask questions of the experts.

The following individuals presented talks at the symposium:

chinasymp2Panel I: China’s Evolving Sea Power
Lyle Goldstein – “China: Challenges and Opportunities”
Nan Li – “China’s Evolving Naval Strategy”
Michael Corgan – Discussant and Moderator

Panel II: China and the Near Seas
Toshi Yoshihara – “The East China Sea and Ryukyu Islands”
Peter Dutton – “The South China Sea”
Joseph Fewsmith – Moderator
Robert Ross – Discussant

The symposium was the topic of an Occasional Paper on Asia released by BUCSA.