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
Books will be provided for all attendees.