On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, the Hoover Institution hosted a conference titled “China’s Evolving Military and the Implications for US Foreign Policy,” which brought together senior US military leaders, policy makers, and academic experts. The event began with a dinner on Monday, May 7, 2012, featuring remarks by George Shultz, the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Jon Huntsman, former Utah governor and ambassador to China.
Condoleezza Rice, the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and professor of political science at Stanford University, gave the opening remarks on Monday morning. The first panel, moderated by Admiral Gary Roughead, USN (ret.), discussed China’s military capabilities, including past developments, present trends, and future prospects; participants included Admiral Samuel Locklear III, commander, US Pacific Command. The second panel, moderated by Ambassador Michael Armacost, examined China’s regional security challenges. Ezra Vogel, the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University and former director of Harvard’s East Asian Research Center, gave remarks during the lunchtime hour. Moderated by Thomas Fingar, the Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute, panel three included a discussion of domestic politics and China’s foreign policy. Panel four, moderated by Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, considered the future of China’s military and US options. The event concluded with a summary presentation, a reception, and a working dinner.
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