Beyond the Strait: PLA Missions Other Than Taiwan
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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As the John M. Shalikashvili Shali Chair in National Security Studies at The National Bureau of Asian Research NBR, a role in which I have served since 2007, I participated in the 2008 Carlisle Chinese Peoples Liberation Army PLA conference entitled PLA Missions beyond Taiwan. Throughout my career and most recently as the Shali Chair, I have spent a great deal of time in China meeting with senior defense officials and discussing the security environment in the region. While U.S.-Sino relations are arguably the best in at least a decade, continued examination of Chinas security policy is essential in order to anticipate and understand future Chinese military missions within China and on its borders, across the Taiwan Strait, and around the region. On September 26, 2008, over 70 leading experts from academia, government, the military, and policy think tanks assembled at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, for that very purpose, to look beyond the PLAs primary focus on Taiwan and to the evolving new roles of the PLA. The conference could not have been timelier, given the PLAs active involvement in events during 2008, including earthquake relief, counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance, space activities, and blue water naval operations.
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