This project drew on many years experience examining key aspects China's defense and security policy and its impact on East Asian regional dynamic to provide balanced, well-informed, and prudent observations and recommendations for U.S. policy in the region.
The project analyzed China's more prominent emergence in Central Asia, and its implications for future political, economic, and security developments in the region, the counterterrorism effort, the stability and expansion of the regional energy market, the spread of Islamic fundamentalism, the relationship between China, Russia and the United States, and U.S. interests in the region.
The Freeman Chair held two events in 2003 on China’s first manned space mission. On October 16, 2003, the Freeman Chair hosted a panel assessing China's first manned space mission. The panel consisted of Dean Cheng, Senior Research Analyst with the CNA Corporation, Bates Gill, Freeman Chair in China Studies, and John M. Logsdon, Director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University. On September 29, 2003, the Freeman Chair hosted Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese, Chair of the Department of National Security Studies at the Naval War College. She gave a presentation on China's upcoming manned space launch which examines the motivations behind China's "Great Leap Upward" and the implications of China's attempted manned launch for the U.S.