On July 8, the Institute for Peace & Diplomacy (IPD) hosted ‘Geopolitics of Asia and Chinese Perceptions of Security in the Multipolar World.’ The virtual panel was held from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST.
The second panel in IPD’s ongoing series on the current landscape of U.S.-China relations will explore the new strategic realities and unfolding structural changes in Asia. Speakers will examine the geopolitics of Asia Pacific and the Chinese perceptions of their national security in light of the U.S. pivot to Asia, the rise of Asian middle power and the specter of great power competition.
What is China’s grand strategy doctrine and how do Chinese leaders understand their security dilemmas in the Indo-pacific in light of strategic competition with the U.S.? What do they make of Washington’s deterrence strategy and forward force posture? What is the future of Taiwan and the likelihood of conflict in the South China Sea? What does the increasing prominence of RCEP mean for the “QUAD”? How do other major players in the regions, including Japan, Korea, India, and Australia conceive of China’s rise? Do they view China as a threat, and if so, do they have the interest, will, and capability to balance Beijing?
If they are to craft effective strategies toward Beijing that is grounded in realism, North Atlantic policy makers need to understand and digest China’s vision for the international order and the strategic framework within which the PRC operates. To this end, the panel will attempt to examine the security dynamics in the Asia Pacific with special attention to the perspectives of countries in the region and their interests to see whether there are opportunities for de-escalation, cooperation, engagement, and sustainable peace in the most unpredictable and strategically sensitive area in the world today.
Michael Swaine: Expert on China and East Asian Security and Director of the East Asia Program at the Quincy Institute
Paul Heer: Distinguished Fellow at the Center for the National Interest and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Richard Hanania: Research Fellow at Defense Priorities and President of the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology (CSPI)
Lyle J. Goldstein: Research Professor in the China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) at the Naval War College and Author of Meeting China Halfway (2015)
Curt Mills: Senior Reporter at The American Conservative