29 January 2014

USCC Hearing: “China’s Military Modernization and its Implications for the United States”—Thurs. 30 January 2014, 9 AM-3 PM, Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2118 (updated location & agenda)

Witnesses’ bios and written testimony now available.

Hearing on “China’s Military Modernization and its Implications for the United States

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

     Room 2118, Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515

Hearing Co-Chairs: Senator James M. Talent and Commissioner Katherine C. Tobin, PhD

The hearing will examine the inputs to China’s military modernization, including financial resources and China’s defense industry, and the current and future capabilities of China’s military. In addition, this hearing will assess the impact of China’s military modernization on the United States and examine U.S. options.


9:00a – 9:15a        Co-Chairs’ remarks: Commissioners James M. Talent and Katherine C. Tobin

9:15a – 10:40a                 Panel I: China’s Current and Future Military Capabilities 

10:40a – 11:00a                                       BREAK

11:00a – 12:20p    Panel II:  Inputs to China’s Military Modernization 

  • Dr. Andrew Erickson: Associate Professor and founding member, China Maritime Studies Institute, U.S. Naval War College [CLICK HERE TO READ WRITTEN TESTIMONY]
  • Dr. James Lewis: Senior Fellow and Director of the Strategic Technologies Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

12:20p – 1:10p                                                     LUNCH

1:10p– 3:00p         Panel III:  Strategic Impact of China’s Military Modernization

                                                and U.S. Options

  • Mr. Mark Stokes: Executive Director, Project 2049 Institute
  • Dr. Roger Cliff: Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
  • The Honorable David Gompert: Distinguished Visiting Professor, U.S. Naval Academy
  • Mr. Thomas Donnelly: Resident Fellow and Co-Director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, American Enterprise Institute

3:00p                                                       ADJOURN

Relevant readings and media:

Andrew S. Erickson, “China’s Near-Seas Challenges,” The National Interest 129 (January-February 2014): 60-66.

Andrew S. Erickson, “China’s Naval Modernization: Implications and Recommendations,” Testimony before the House Armed Services CommitteeSeapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, “U.S. Asia-Pacific Strategic Considerations Related to PLA Naval Forces” hearing, Washington, DC, 11 December 2013. Click here for oral statement.

Adam P. Liff and Andrew S. Erickson, “Demystifying China’s Defence Spending: Less Mysterious in the Aggregate,”The China Quarterly 216 (December 2013): 805-30.

Nathaniel Austin, “Lifting the Shroud on China’s Defense Spending: Trends, Drivers, and Implications—An Interview with Andrew S. Erickson and Adam P. Liff,” Policy Q&A, National Bureau of Asian Research, 16 May 2013.

Andrew S. Erickson, “China’s Defense Budget: A Richer Nation Builds a Stronger Army,” Inaugural Presentation in “China Reality Check” Speaker Series, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, DC, 8 April 2012.

Andrew S. Erickson and Adam P. Liff, “China’s Military Development, Beyond the Numbers,” The Diplomat, 12 March 2013.

Andrew S. Erickson and Adam P. Liff, “A Player, but No Superpower,” Foreign Policy, 7 March 2013.
Andrew S. Erickson, “China’s Military Budget Bump: What it Means,” China Real Time Report (中国实时报), Wall Street Journal, 5 March 2013.