CMSI Conference: Going Global? The People’s Navy in a Time of Strategic Transformation

Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) image
SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 2, 2017) The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the South China Sea. The ship and its carrier strike group are on a western Pacific deployment as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Z.A. Landers/Released)

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Monday, May 06-07, 2019
8:30 a.m.
McCarty Little Hall, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Director, China Maritime Studies Institute

Participation is open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals by invitation only.

The People's Liberation Army Navy is engaged in a “strategic transformation” from a regional navy to a force also capable of effective operations in other parts of the world. As critical as its “near seas” efforts are, China’s capacity to operate in the “far seas” beyond East Asia is much more significant for its influence in the broader world. Observers have paid great attention to the outward signs of this process: new ships and submarines, the country’s first overseas base, and new training and deployment patterns. However, there exists serious gaps in our knowledge about the strategic calculus guiding observed behavior: What ends do these capabilities serve?

About This Conference

This conference will address the interests, drivers and objectives that inform decisions about the roles and missions of Chinese sea power in areas beyond East Asia. Examining the key people, guiding concepts, and likely peacetime and wartime scenarios, we will assess the resulting trends and their implications for global maritime dynamics.

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