Civil-Military Relations in China: Implications for U.S.-China Relations

October 5, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Harvill 204

Andrew R. Wilson is Professor of Strategy and Policy at the United States Naval War College. Professor Wilson is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara and received his Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University. Prior to joining the Naval War College faculty in 1998 he taught courses in Chinese history at Wellesley College and at Harvard University. He is the author of numerous articles on Chinese military history, Chinese sea power and Sun Tzu's Art of War. He has also published two books on the Chinese overseas, a monograph, Ambition and Identity: Chinese Merchant-Elites in Colonial Manila, 1885-1916 and an edited volume The Chinese in the Caribbean. Recently he has been involved in editing China’s Future Nuclear Submarine Force, a multi-volume history of the China War, 1937-1945, a conference volume entitled War, Virtual War and Society; and he is completing a new translation of Sun Tzu’s Art of War.

Title: Civil-Military Relations in China: Implications for U.S.-China Relations


U.S. Naval War College Professor Andrew Wilson explores the complex relationship between civil and military establishments in contemporary China.  As China seeks an enhanced role in East Asian and on the international stage, the often complex relationship between the goals of the civil and military power bases often cloud questions of means and ends.  Professor Wilson will explore the challenges inherent in this relationship, and how the different constituencies view China’s evolving relationship with the U.S.