China’s rise constitutes one of the great historical events of our time, and its implications for U.S. national security strategy and the U.S. defense budget remain key issues in Washington, as they surely will well into the future. Critical areas to explore include progress that China has made and challenges it has encountered in its economic and military development, as well as the effects of its rise on the region. These changes will likely have ramifications for the United States and its military, as President Obama’s “rebalance” strategy moves into its fourth year.
On February 6, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence (21CSI) hosted a discussion comprised of a group with expertise ranging from regional security matters to U.S. military policy to China’s economy. Panelists included Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies Director Richard Bush, Bernard Cole of the National War College, and David Dollar, senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings. Michael O’Hanlon, co-director of 21CSI, moderated the discussion.