China and the United States in 21st Century Asia

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At this event Capt. Bernard D. Cole, USN (Ret.) and Dr. Cynthia Watson from the U.S. National War College will address U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific as China grows in economic, military, and political power and influence.

Dr. Watson will discuss President Barack Obama’s declared “Rebalance to Asia”, and analyze the instruments of statecraft that the United States is using to increase its influence in that region. Dr. Watson will then review the issue of how to resolve relations with China, a state that is geographically and militarily dominant in East Asia and also one with which the United States has an extensive and complex economic relationship.

Capt. Cole will discuss China’s maritime forces and strategy, and their influence on the regional balance of power in Asia. Capt. Cole will also discuss the findings of his forthcoming book, China’s Quest for Great Power Ships, Oil, and Foreign Policy (USNI Press, November 2016), which concerns China’s national security strategy and how it is shaped by foreign policy, energy security, and naval power.


Dr. Cynthia A. Watson is Professor of Strategy at the U.S. National War College. Author of eleven books, Dr. Watson follows China as it seeks to maneuver as a modern state in the global community. She is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and the Society for Military History.

Capt. Bernard D. Cole, USN (Ret.) is Professor Emeritus at the National War College. During his Navy career, he commanded USS Rathburne (FF 1057) and Destroyer Squadron 35, as well as served as a naval gunfire liaison officer with the 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam from June 1967 to July 1968. He earned a PhD in history from Auburn University and was named the Naval Institute Press “Author of the Year” in 2015

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