Beijing makes no secret of its intention to bring democratic Taiwan under mainland rule and establish itself as the supreme power in the Pacific. From building and arming islands along the western Pacific coast, to aggressively intruding on the territorial waters of a number of American allies, China has expanded its power and influence. China’s economic and military expansion in the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean potentially jeopardizes freedom of navigation for countries that resist China’s aims. Join us as Seth Cropsey discusses U.S. naval strategy that could counter China and reassure our regional partners.
A naval officer from 1985-2004, Seth Cropsey is a senior fellow and director of the Center for American Seapower at Hudson Institute. He specializes in defense strategy, U.S. foreign and security policy in the Middle East and East Asia, and the future of U.S. naval power. He served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as principal deputy assistant secretary for special operations and low-intensity conflict.