While economic development has been China's paramount priority since embarking on reform in the late 1970s, mounting challenges from abroad and domestically are forcing its leaders to increasingly focus on national security issues. New institutions, laws, strategies, and operational postures have have resulted in a more assertive, expansive, and powerful national security state - from its muscular approach to maritime sovereignty claims in the South China Sea to the passage of a sweeping national security law earlier this year. Dr. Cheung's presentation will discuss how far this growing emphasis on national security will go, who will be in charge, and what the rise of China's national security state means for its future development and its place in the world.
Dr. Tai Ming Cheung is the Director of UCSD's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) and leads its Study of Innovation and Technology in China (SITC). He is also an associate professor at UCSD's School of Global Policy and Strategy, where he teaches courses on Chinese foreign and defense policy and Chinese security and technology policy.
Dr. Cheung is a long-time analyst of Chinese and East Asian defense and national security affairs. He was based in Asia from the mid-1980s to 2002 covering political, economic, and strategic developments in greater China. He was also a journalist and political and business risk consultant in northeast Asia.
Dr. Cheung received his PhD from the War Studies Department at Kings College, London University, in 2006. His latest book, Fortifying China: The Struggle to Build a Modern Defense Economy, was published by Cornell University Press in 2009.
5:30-6:30 Registration and light refreshments
6:30-8:00 Presentation, followed by Q&A
Parking is available at the Pangea parking structure near the corner of North Torrey Pines Road and Pangea Drive. Please see map for directions.
Deans Conference Room (#3106), UCSD's Graduate School of Policy and Strategy
International Lane, UCSD
La Jolla, CA 92093