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Mr. Erickson Andrew Erickson is a Professor in the Naval War College's China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI).
 
TOPIC: China's anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) is the world's first and only weapons system potentially capable of targeting a moving carrier strike group (CSG) from long-range, land-based mobile launchers. Since the 1920s, the U.S. Navy has built its carrier forces around the idea that the air group represents the first and best line of defense for the carrier. The ASBM potentially bypasses the air group and removes it from the defensive equation. Only one other major system has ever offered the possibility of doing this. That is the submarine, and while China is developing a potent fleet, it cannot today effectively conduct advanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW), while the U.S. can. Defense against missiles, by contrast, is potentially an extremely difficult problem for any military, though the U.S. is likely developing and employing a variety of potent countermeasures.
 
 
 
Mr. Womack Brantly Womack is the Cumming Memorial Professor of Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia.
 
TOPIC: THE SOUTH CHINA SEA: SYMBOLIC CONFLICTS, COMMON INTERESTS. "What I have in mind for the first part is that the Spratlys serve as a symbol of the ambiguous frontier of China's power and the concerns of smaller neighbors, while the second part addresses the reality of a more important political-economic context for the tension and the necessity of cooperation in realizing any gain."
 
Mr. Womack Joseph Fewsmith is Professor of International Relations and Political Science, and Director of the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia.
 
TOPIC: THE LOGIC AND LIMITS OF POLITICAL REFORM IN CHINA. There is a major paradox when one looks at contemporary China: Almost everywhere one looks there are government innovations of one kind or another, but yet there has been very little, if any, structural change to the political system.

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