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Who’s Afraid of China’s Belt and Road Initiative? Getting to the Heart of China’s Controversial Marshall Plan

Tue, Jun 5, 2018, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of 

Who’s Afraid of China’s Belt and Road Initiative?
Getting to the Heart of China’s Controversial Marshall Plan
Dr. Christopher D. Yung 
Marine Corps University’s Donald Bren Chair of Non-Western 
Strategic Thought and Director of East Asian Studies

Tuesday, June 5th
5:00 – 6:30 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C.


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This event is cosponsored by the Marine Corps University Foundation and The Institute of World Politics.

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Lt. Gen. Wallace Gregson will introduce the speaker and the lecture. Dr. Christopher Yung will be the main speaker at this event..

About the lecture:

“Is this the plan that allows China to undermine U.S. global leadership?” This lecture will explore China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s version of the Marshall Plan. Dr. Yung will discuss the military component (overseas basing, working with host nation partners to address security threats to Chinese investment projects, PLA operations abroad), economic competition, and geo-strategic elements.

About the speakers:

Dr. Christopher Yung is the Donald Bren Chair of Non-Western Strategic Thought, Marine Corps University (MCU). In this capacity he serves as the Director of East Asian Studies for MCU, and lectures across the schools within MCU (the Marine Corps War College, the Command and Staff College, the School of Advanced Warfighting, and the Expeditionary Warfare School) on topics related to China and East Asian Security. He conducts research on such topics as Chinese expeditionary warfare capabilities and doctrine, China’s emerging foreign and defense policy, and China’s emerging maritime capabilities and strategies (subjects of relevance to the Marine Corps).

He is a former Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director at the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University (NDU). In that capacity Dr. Yung provided insights and counsel for the Office of Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Intelligence Community, and the Combatant Commanders concerning Asian defense and strategic issues; Asia-Pacific political and economic strategies; Asian military capabilities and current operations; Asian engagement activities with the United States and other countries; and China’s political-military relations with other nations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr. Yung has been the author, editor, and contributor to numerous books, articles and monographs on China’s naval and military power. Most recently he is author of “The PLA Navy Lobby and Its Influence Over China’s Maritime Sovereignty Policies” in Saunders and Scobell, eds., PLA Influence on China’s National Security Policymaking (Stanford University Press, September 2015), co-author of Not An Idea We Have to Shun: Chinese Overseas Basing Requirements in the Twenty First Century (NDU Press, Oct. 2014) and “Continuity and Change in Sino-US Military to Military Relations” in Blanchard and Shen, eds., Conflict and Cooperation in Sino-US Relations: Change and Continuity, Causes and Cures, (Routledge Press, Feb. 2015). Prior to his entering into government service, Dr. Yung was a Senior Research Analyst at the CNA Corporation. While at CNA, Dr. Yung led projects or was involved in analysis related to China, Northeast Asia security, the Chinese Navy, the Chinese Military, and U.S. interoperability with the militaries of the Far East. In addition to Dr. Yung’s China related work he has direct operations analysis experience with the U.S. Navy operating forces (Amphibious Group Two), a Marine Corps component staff (Marine Corps Forces Atlantic) and Pentagon staffs (the Navy Staff’s Assessment Division (N81) and Politico-Military Affairs Division (N52)).

Dr. Yung holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and International Economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. He also holds an MA in East Asian and China Studies from the same institution. He received language certificates in Mandarin Chinese from Columbia University and the Beijing Foreign Language Teacher’s Institute.


Lt. Gen. Wallace “Chip” Gregson, USMC (Ret.) The Honorable Wallace “Chip” Gregson was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs May 13, 2009. From 2006 until assuming the duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense.

Previously General Gregson served as Chief Operating Officer for the United States Olympic Committee, Commanding General of the Marine Corps Forces Pacific and Marine Corps Forces Central Command, where he led and managed over 70,000 Marines and Sailors in the Middle East, Afghanistan, East Africa, Asia and the United States, Commanding General of all Marine Corps forces in Japan, where he was awarded the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, the Gold and Silver Star, and the Korean Order of National Security Merit Gukseon Medal. Prior to his time in Japan he was Director of Asia-Pacific Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1998 to 2000. He has served in the Marine Corps since his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1968. A combat veteran of the Vietnam conflict, he earned the Bronze Star with Combat “V” device for valor and heroism and was also awarded the Purple Heart.

General Gregson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; the Pacific Council on International Policy; the International Institute for Strategic Studies; the U.S. Naval Institute; and Trustee of the Marine Corps University Foundation.

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