"The Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) held its annual Pacific symposium on 'Asian Perspectives on the Challenges of China' at the National Defense University in Washington on March 7 and 8, 2000. This event brought together representatives of the policy community and academe from Australia, the People's Republic of China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States. It focused on how perceptions of China influence defense and foreign policies in key nations of the Asia- Pacific region, how the likely course of developments in China might affect the future policies of countries in the region, and how such changes might impact on their security relations with the United States. The symposium was keyed to two areas of ongoing INSS research. First, it was integral to a study on U.S. Regional Military Presence in the 21st Century. This effort seeks to identify perceptions of the factors that will shape the regional security environment over the next decade. These perceptions will affect the security policies of both allied and friendly nations and could cause them to adjust their expectations for security relations with the United States. The study will assist security planners in developing U.S. regional military presence for the future. Second, because Chinese intentions and capabilities will continue to be a key determinant in shaping the regional security environment, INSS and the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs are conducting research on China as an emerging great power. The symposium formed a crucial element in that research project as well. Despite news accounts on China prevalent at the time, the symposium was not dominated by headlines on tensions across the Taiwan Strait or the latest Chinese white paper."
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Asia-Pacific Symposium. National Defense University. Washington, D.C. March 7-8, 2000