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Beyond the Strait: PLA Missions Other Than Taiwan

Roy Kamphausen, David Lai and Andrew Scobell

As the PLA’s capabilities increase in tandem with China’s rising power and expanding national interests, the PLA is involved in an increasing number and variety of missions in addition to its traditional focus on contingencies in the Taiwan Strait. Released in cooperation with the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, Beyond the Strait explores these other missions and objectives, which include disaster and humanitarian relief, United Nations peacekeeping operations (UNPKO), counterterrorism and border defense, and outer space and cyberspace security. Chapter authors consider the interplay between China's armed forces and its increasingly complex foreign policy and international security environment. They shed light on how these interactions affect China’s policy toward the wider Asia-Pacific region and the implications for U.S. strategic interests.

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Learn more about the 2008 PLA Conference, "PLA Missions Beyond Taiwan."

Read a transcript of the Beyond the Strait book launch event.


Welcome, Introduction, and Keynote

Welcome and introduction
Richard Bush, The Brookings Institution

Army War College greetings
Steven Metz, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College

Bush School greetings
Andrew Scobell, Texas A&M

Panel Presentations

Chair and Overview
Roy Kamphausen, The National Bureau of Asian Research

How China Manages Internal Security Challenges and its Impact on PLA Missions
Murray Scot Tanner, CNA

PLA Missions in Frontier Security and Counterterrorism
Robert Modarelli, National Center for APEC

Prospects for China’s Military Space Efforts
Dean Cheng, CNA

China’s Regional Power Projection: Prospects for Future Missions in the South and East China Seas
Mark Cozad, U.S. Government

PLA 'Joint' Operational Contingencies in South Asia, Central Asia, and Korea
Larry Wortzel, Colonel, US Army, Retired


David Lai, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College

Dennis Wilder, John L. Thornton China Center of the Brookings Institution


Closing Remarks
Richard Bush, The Brookings Institution