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.