On Tuesday, March 29, 2011, COL(ret.) Dr. Larry Wortzel, who serves on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, provided a congressional-level briefing on the current Chinese strategy and associated U.S. policy implications.
The event was held at The Institute of World Politics and was facilitated by BG(USAF, ret.) Walter Jajko and the students of his military strategy course. The lecture was attended by a capacity crowd of students, faculty, scholars, and practitioners from across the Washington D.C. area.
Dr. Wortzel provided a detailed look at the Chinese economy, its development strategy, and current political objectives. He placed considerable emphasis on the increasing military, and specifically intelligence, capabilities of the Chinese state. Dr. Wortzel fielded questions that helped to clarify the relationship between the current threats of espionage and cyberwarfare. His responses suggested that China perceives the United States as a threat and is actively taking measures to secure its regional and global interests, which, in certain areas, are in direct conflict with U.S. policy and interests.
His candid look at the growing challenges associated with China’s rise illustrated the need for a coherent U.S. policy in Asia that accounts for both the positive and negative attributes of a bilateral relationship that has the potential to define the coming century’s world order.