Recorded 4/7/11

Security in the Asia-Pacific: Strategic Challenges and Opportunities

Security in the Asia-Pacific: Strategic Challenges and Opportunities

In early March, China’s central government proposed a defense budget for 2011 that increases military spending nearly 13 percent over 2010. As China expands and modernizes its armed forces, it holds an increasingly influential position in Asian-Pacific security. China has been a crucial player in the Six Party Talks on North Korea’s nuclear proliferation during the last decade. Over the last two years, China’s naval presence in the Asia-Pacific has resulted in several skirmishes with nearby nations as well as with the United States.

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