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2008 PLA Conference: PLA Missions Beyond Taiwan

Leading specialists from academe, government, the military, and policy think-tanks convened from September 28–30, 2008 for the nineteenth annual People's Liberation Army (PLA) Conference, "PLA Missions Beyond Taiwan."

Conference participants sought to look beyond the PLA's primary focus on Taiwan in order to explore China's other military missions and objectives, including disaster and humanitarian relief, United Nations peacekeeping operations (UNPKO), counterterrorism and border defense, and outer space and cyberspace security.

The conference's primary objectives were to examine the interplay between China's armed forces and its increasingly complex foreign policy and international security environment in order to understand the requirements of several emerging PLA missions, and to consider how these specific interactions affect policy toward the wider Asia-Pacific region.

Conference Publications

2008 PLA Conference Book Launch Event

Read a transcript of the April 30, 2009 book launch event for Beyond the Strait: PLA Missions Other Than Taiwan that was held at the Brookings Institution.

Listen to audio from the event. Just click on each participant's name to download an Mp3 of his or her presentation.

Welcome, Introduction, and Keynote

Welcome and introduction
Richard Bush, The Brookings Institution

Army War College greetings
Steven Metz, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College

Bush School greetings
Andrew Scobell, Texas A&M

Panel Presentations

Chair and Overview
Roy Kamphausen, The National Bureau of Asian Research

How China Manages Internal Security Challenges and its Impact on PLA Missions
Murray Scot Tanner, CNA

PLA Missions in Frontier Security and Counterterrorism
Robert Modarelli, National Center for APEC

Prospects for China’s Military Space Efforts
Dean Cheng, CNA

China’s Regional Power Projection: Prospects for Future Missions in the South and East China Seas
Mark Cozad, U.S. Government

PLA 'Joint' Operational Contingencies in South Asia, Central Asia, and Korea
Larry Wortzel, Colonel, US Army, Retired

Commentators

David Lai, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College

Dennis Wilder, John L. Thornton China Center of the Brookings Institution

Q&A

Closing Remarks
Richard Bush, The Brookings Institution


Beyond the Strait: PLA Missions Other Than Taiwan (Strategic Studies Institute, 2009) collects the findings from the 2008 PLA Conference.

For more information, please contact:

Roy Kamphausen
Senior Associate for Political and Security Affairs (PSA)
psa@nbr.org

Travis Tanner
Senior Project Director
psa@nbr.org