• Heritage Action
  • More

China's Military Modernization: Goals and Objectives

Recorded on June 18, 2008

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

With China's annual military spending well into the hundreds of billions of dollars, the People's Liberation Army is emerging as Asia's preeminent military power.  But can China achieve and maintain a 21st Century superpower fighting machine with the industrial infrastructure that it is now in the process of assembling?  Does it have the raw materials, financial resources, technologies, and research and development bases to become a true superpower within the next few decades?  If so, does it have a coherent strategy to attain that goal?  Is regional hegemony indeed the organizing principle of China's grand strategy?  Join five specialists, who together have over a century of experience studying China and China's military, as they discuss the trend lines and pose provocative scenarios for Asia's future.