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2:00 p.m. – Opening Address and Commentary
Aaron Friedberg, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
Mark Stokes, Executive Director, Project 2049 Institute
Walter Lohman, Director, Asian Studies Center, Heritage Foundation (Host)
2:45 p.m. – Panel: Chinese Influence Operations in the Asia-Pacific Region and Beyond
Dean Cheng, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation
Shih-Chung Liu, Deputy Secretary-General, Tainan City Government in Taiwan
Randy Schriver, President and CEO, Project 2049 Institute
Sabrina Tsai, Research Associate, Project 2049 Institute (Moderator)
4:15 p.m. – Keynote Address
The Honorable J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), Member, U.S. House of Representatives
In 2015, China's military modernization efforts and its assertive activities in the East and South China Seas dominate public discourse on China's growing influence. While these developments are usually viewed through a military lens, the People's Liberation Army’s (PLA) activities should be considered and examined as an instrument of statecraft to achieve specific political outcomes as a form of political warfare. Chinese political warfare and influence operations actively target foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals to shape their perceptions and behavior. Driven by its political goals, Chinese influence operations are a centerpiece of the PRC's overall foreign policy and military strategy.
This conference brings together a panel of experts who will focus on the characteristics of Chinese political warfare and will identify key political goals and tactics in its influence operations towards specific targets in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.