Joint Russo-Chinese Military Exercises: Aimed at Whom?
Recorded on October 3, 2005
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
In August, Russia and China staged their first ever joint
military maneuvers involving nearly 10,000 troops in both Russia
and China. In fact, these exercises involved foreign troops on
Chinese soil for the first time in the history of the People's
Republic of China. The Chief of Staff of the Chinese People's
Liberation Army, General Liang Guangli, called the military
maneuvers an exercise against terrorism, separatism and extremism.
But at whom were these exercises really aimed? The conventional
answer in the press and elsewhere is Taiwan. But is that really the
As part of the program, Ambassador Feldman will read a paper
submitted by Dr. Stephen J. Blank, Research Professor of National
Security Affairs at the U.S. Army War College, who unfortunately
cannot be present personally.