Join the U.S. Naval Institute on Wednesday, 20 September at 2:00 PM EDT for a discussion on contemporary events in China and the PLAN’s moves in the Indo-Pacific region. In an era of continuing great power competition, China’s designs on the South China Sea and advancements elsewhere impact any country with interests in the region. With the protection of democracy in Taiwan an increasing concern for the United States and its allies, the stakes are exceedingly high.

As of Monday 18 September, we are accepting only VIRTUAL registrations from those without DoD clearance, and IN PERSON registrations from attendees who have DoD clearance to drive on military bases. Anyone who registered previously to attend in person without DoD credentials is on a list of names at Gate 8.

We welcome our audience to attend in person at the Jack C. Taylor Conference Center and via live stream on the U.S. Naval Institute’s YouTube Channel. This hour-long discussion will be followed by Q&A and a book signing. 

Moderator: Jude Blanchette holds the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Previously, he was engagement director at The Conference Board’s China Center for Economics and Business in Beijing, where he researched China’s political environment with a focus on the workings of the Communist Party of China and its impact on foreign companies and investors. Blanchette was the assistant director of the 21st Century China Center at the University of California, San Diego. He has written for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, and his Chinese translations have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.

His book, China’s New Red Guards: The Return of Radicalism and the Rebirth of Mao Zedong, was published by Oxford University Press.


RADM Michael McDevitt, USN (Ret.), is a Senior Fellow at CNA and has been involved in the practice and study of U.S. security policy and strategy in the Asia-Pacific for the last three decades.

During his thirty-four-year Navy career he had four at-sea warship commands, including an aircraft carrier battle group. While assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense he was the Director of the East Asia and Pacific policy office. He also served as the Director of Strategy and Policy (J-5) for the U.S. Pacific Command. His last assignment before retirement was commandant of the National War College in Washington, D.C.

Admiral McDevitt was a strategic studies Fellow at the Naval War College and is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Georgetown University. He is the author of China as a Twenty First Century Naval Power.

Brent Sadler is a Senior Research Fellow for Naval Warfare and Advanced Technology in the Center for National Defense at the Heritage Foundation. A twenty-six-year Navy veteran with numerous operational tours on nuclear-powered submarines, Sadler has been a member of personal staffs of senior defense department leaders and was a military diplomat in Asia. He writes about great power competition, advanced technologies, and building the Navy the nation needs. Sadler’s recent book is U.S. Naval Power in the 21st Century: A New Strategy for Facing the Chinese and Russian Threat.

Xiaobing Li is professor of history and Don Betz Endowed Chair in International Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma. His forthcoming book is China's New Navy: The Evolution of PLAN from the People's Revolution to a 21st Century Cold War. Li is the author of many books, including The Dragon in the Jungle: The Chinese Army in the Vietnam War and Attack at Chosin: The Chinese Second Offensive in Korea. He is the executive editor of the Chinese Historical Review. Li served in the PLA.



Jude Blanchette


RADM Michael McDevitt, USN (Ret.)


Brent Sadler


Xiaobing Li

This event will take place at the U.S. Naval Institute's Jack C. Taylor Conference Center, which is located on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy. All guests attending in person must register in advance and must have a valid government-issued ID. Directions and parking information will be shared with you closer to the event date. 


2:00 pm - 3:15 pm (EST)

Panel Discussion

Audience Q&A

3:15 pm

Panelists and moderator will be available to sign books upon the conclusion of this discussion. 

This event is made possible through general support to the U.S. Naval Institute.