China’s National Security Challenges

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Date(s) - 03/21/2013
8:30 am - 10:30 am

The Ramada Inn


The National Security Forum presents

Richard W. Mueller


“China’s National Security Challenges”

(Or, “Comrades, Crap, We Are Totally Surrounded!”)

A report to the Politburo by the

Chinese National Security Advisor

The Ramada, Thursday, March 21, 9 am


Much attention has been given to the emerging threat to America’s national security interests from China. However, insufficient analysis has been devoted to understanding how the threat picture might look if you were a member of the national security team in Beijing.

Long-time China hand and retired Foreign Service Officer Richard Mueller will assume the role of the PRC’s National Security Advisor. His presentation will portray the “threat” to China as most likely seen by a key advisor to the Politburo.

Many Americans do not appreciate that China has had antagonist relationships and/or military conflicts with many of its surrounding neighbors over the centuries. Chinese leaders are well aware of this history and thus are hyper-alert to the need for strong military defenses and creative diplomacy. The economic boom of recent years has produced growing budget revenues allowing Beijing to make increasingly significant investments in its military. While few expect overt military hostilities in the foreseeable future, Beijing is determined to have the capability to protect its core interests, which include territorial integrity, eventual re-integration of Taiwan, and a better military balance with the United States.

Mueller will also outline other developments which could undermine China’s national security interests in the coming decades. These include severe drought and water shortages, reduced supplies of domestically produced foodstuffs, adverse demographic factors, confrontations with Tibetan and Muslim populations, and significant social disruption if political governance is not addressed.

Richard Mueller was a 32-year career Foreign Service Officer specializing in China and Asia, with a stint on Secretary of State George Shultz’s executive staff. His last assignment was as chief of mission/American Consul General in Hong Kong, from 1993-96. He subsequently became head of school of Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts and then of the Hong Kong International School.

Please join us for what will be a very interesting discussion. A full breakfast will be served ($20 at the door; free for students with ID), so recommend you arrive by 8:30 to enjoy some coffee and conversation.

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