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Chinese National Security Decisionmaking Under Stress

Recorded on October 14, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

If there is one constant in analyses of the history of modern China, it is the characterization of a country perpetually in the throes of crises. And in nearly all crises, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has played an instrumental role. While China is arguably the most secure and stable it has been in more than a century, crises continue to emerge and the processes by which the Communist Party responds to security problems is far from smooth. Consequently, the study of China's behavior in conditions of tensions and stress, and particularly how the PLA is a factor in that behavior, is important to policymakers and analysts around the world. In 2004, a group of preeminent scholars gathered to discuss the general characteristics of Chinese "crisis management," and the ramifications for U.S.-China policy.

Please join us as our experts discuss a newly released volume of conference papers on "Chinese National Security Decisionmaking Under Stress." They will also preview the findings of this year's conference on how the PLA shapes the global security environment.

Books will be provided for all attendees.