China’s never-ending attempt to control the world’s oceans

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With Joe Bosco

160805-N-AI605-099 PEARL HARBOR (Aug. 5, 2016) Chinese Navy guided-missile destroyer Xian (153) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following the conclusion of Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy Photo By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rebecca Wolfbrandt/Released)

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With Joe Bosco

JOE BOSCO, Former China Country Director, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Member of the U.S.-China task force at the Center for National Interest:

  • An overview of Xi Jinping’s ‘China dream’
  • What is the purpose of the Belt and Road initiative?
  • How China sees itself as extending its imperial domain


  • China’s territorial dominance in the Pacific Ocean
  • What ceding control of the seas to China would mean for American national security
  • Is the US underwriting the Belt and Road initiative?


  • Conflicting reports of the Phase One trade deal
  • Will China honor the provisions of the deal?


  • Beijing’s interference in Taiwanese elections
  • How will Xi Jinping respond to Tsai Ing-wen winning the election?

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