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Future US Defense Strategy in East Asia
China and its People’s Liberation Army have increasingly become the top “pacing threat” for the U.S. military, according to U.S. defense officials and senior policy makers. The reunification of Taiwan with mainland China remains an unfinished objective and a matter of core national interest for Beijing, who have stated that they wish to achieve it by 2049, the centenary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Amidst growing concern over the Taiwan Strait as a potential flashpoint between China and the United States, there is an intense debate taking place within the U.S. national security community about the future direction of U.S. defense strategy in East Asia.

This webinar aims to critically examine the ideas of one of the leading voices in this ongoing debate in the United States, Elbridge Colby, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and the lead official for the 2018 U.S. defense strategy. In his new book The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict, Colby recommends the United States maintain a favourable balance of power in relation to China and a strategy of “deterrence by denial” to increase the prospect for Washington’s long-term strategic success. The webinar also seeks to examine Chinese reaction and likely counterstrategies to future U.S. defense strategy in East Asia.
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