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Influence Operations: Chinese Political Warfare in East Asia and Beyond

October 6, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Project 2049 Institute and The Heritage Foundation cordially invite you to the following conference


Influence Operations:

Chinese Political Warfare in East Asia and Beyond


In 2015, China’s military modernization efforts and its assertive activities in the East and South China Seas dominate public discourse on China’s growing influence. While these developments are usually viewed through a military lens, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)’s activities should be considered and examined as an instrument of statecraft to achieve specific political outcomes as a form of political warfare. Chinese political warfare and influence operations actively target foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals to shape their perceptions and behavior. Driven by its political goals, Chinese influence operations are a centerpiece of PRC’s overall foreign policy and military strategy.

This conference will bring together a panel of experts to focus on the characteristics of Chinese political warfare and will identify key political goals and tactics in its influence operations towards specific targets in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.


2:00-2:45 pm

Walter Lohman
Director, Asian Studies Center, Heritage Foundation

Opening Address:
Aaron Friedberg
Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Mark Stokes
Executive Director, Project 2049 Institute

2:45-4:00 pm
Chinese Influence Operations in the Asia-Pacific Region and Beyond

Sabrina Tsai
Research Associate, Project 2049 Institute 

Dean Cheng
Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, Heritage Foundation
Shih-Chung Liu
Deputy Secretary-General, Tainan City Government in Taiwan
Randy Schriver
President and CEO, Project 2049 Institute 

4:00-4:15 pm
Coffee Break

 4:15-5:oo pm
Keynote speaker
Congressman J. Randy Forbes  

Follow us on twitter @Project2049 and #InfluenceOps for more analysis on Chinese political warfare 

*The event will be live-streamed. For questions, please call 703-879-3990 or email


October 6, 2015
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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