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June 23 - "Security Issues: China as Friend or Foe" with Bates Gill, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings Institution.

Dr. Bates Gill discussed the role and capabilities of the Chinese military, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). While China’s military was used for the defense of its territory in the past, the recent role has been more focused on unification of national territory and to deter potential domestic problems. Dr. Gill explained that it is believed that China would like to extend its power outward to protect its access to the global economy but that the Chinese military faces several challenges ?the ability to battle over areas other than land , shift in the emphasis of training to allow limited local war under high-tech conditions, and an upgrade in technology. Dr. Gill also discussed the vulnerabilities of China’s nuclear forces and the importance of our two countries to build a more open relationship to deter possible miscommunications and misunderstandings.
 
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