Copenhagen ADI Conference 2017
9th annual international ADI conference
Asian Dynamics Initiative
University of Copenhagen 26-28 June 2017

Arms Race in Asia? The Role of China’s Military Rise for the Powers in Asia

Convener: Bertel Heurlin, Dept. of Political Science, University of Copenhagen 
Panel keynote: You Ji, University of Macau

The military expenditures in Asia are increasing. China is responsible for the highest growth although the percentage is gradually decreasing. China is now a strong military power second only to the USA. The country has initiated a transformation of the People’s Liberation Army which can be characterized as revolutionary. This transformation process is having a great impact on the Asian countries, Russia and the US.

The purpose of this panel is to identify and analyze the effects of the process based on scholarly papers covering the general strategic balance in Asia and the security related relations to the individual countries.