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China’s Power Projection Efforts – Near & Far
Discussion will focus on China’s grand strategy–its national rejuvenation agenda supported by domestic and foreign policies. From its “core interests” of Taiwan and the South China Sea, the PRC has increased its power projection efforts – hard and soft – in new and more complex ways over the past 5-10 years. Expanding further afield from Mainland China, new initiatives and efforts also impact states throughout the Indo-Pacific region in ways ranging from the “string of pearls” port facilities to investments in ASEAN states like Laos and Cambodia. The Belt and Road Initiative is a global effort that serves as a vehicle for the PRC’s power projection efforts in Central Asia, South Asia, Africa, the Arctic, and (increasingly) in Europe. The PRC’s efforts are not limited to geography, we also see efforts in multilateral forums, specifically UN bodies (ICAO, FAO, Interpol, WIPO) – to also influence global norms and rules. In detail some of the tools in Beijing’s disposal will be analysed: tech acquisition, economic and maritime coercion, disinformation, etc.The underlying strategies and manifestations of these power projection efforts are not always understood in the Baltic Region; given Estonia’s two year seat on the UN Security Council that began in January 2020 and inclusion in the 17 + 1 forum, it is important for Estonia’s government, media, and business sector to have a better understanding of China’s activities in a global context.
About the Speaker:
Bonnie S. Glaser is director of the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She was previously senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). For more than three decades, Ms. Glaser has worked at the intersection of Asia-Pacific geopolitics and U.S. policy. Prior to joining CSIS, she served as a consultant for various U.S. government offices, including the Departments of Defense and State. She is currently a board member of the U.S. Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.