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NEWPORT, R.I. – Dr. Andrew Erickson, professor with the Strategic Research Department at the Naval War College (NWC), will explore "Beijing's Aerospace Revolution: An Indicator of China's Future Trajectory," at the Center for National Policy (CNP) Conference on Feb. 9, in Washington, D.C.
He will serve on a select panel to discuss “The Rise of China’s Military: Consequences for the U.S. and Our Allies.” Panelists will examine the People’s Republic of China’s naval and air capabilities and how their development impacts the security interests of the United States and its regional allies.
Erickson’s lecture will explain both areas of strength and ongoing limitations in Chinese aerospace capabilities to yield a nuanced sense of possible futures for China as an actor in the international system.
“Beijing’s air and space components are finally on the verge of giving the country’s leaders something they have dreamed of since before the founding of the People’s Republic of China—a reliable instrument of national power,” said Erickson, who is also a founding member of NWC’s China Maritime Studies Institute.
He also explained that China is the first developing nation to have developed comprehensive aerospace capabilities.
“Even its long-lagging aviation industry is finally reaching internationally-capable levels,” Erickson added. “The commercial dynamism far exceeds anything that Cold War China or the Soviet Union could ever have produced. The metric of ‘full-spectrum’ aerospace development offers insights into a vital subject: what type of power will China become?”
Erickson is also an Associate in Research at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, a Fellow in the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program, and a member of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific.
Abraham Denmark, a Fellow with the Center for a New American Society, and Roger Cliff, a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, will also deliver presentations at the conference.
This event is part of CNP's Asia Security Project (additional information can be found at and is intended to inform the policy making community on cross- Strait issues as well as wider security issues in the Asia pacific region and their impact on the U.S.
The event is sponsored by the Center for National Policy.
By David Reese, Naval War College Public Affairs