Activities: 2002: Abstract: Wortzel

November 7, 2002 Director Larry Wortzel

Dr. Larry M. Wortzel, Director, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation.

Dr. Larry Wortzel, Director of the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation, a former strategist for the Department of the Army and Military Attache in China in 1995, briefed the ELF on the political leadership changes in Peking, the economic situation, and China's defense posture.  He predicted that politically, China will remain communist for the near decade; while economically, it will follow a free market approach. He expected that Hong Kong’s relative freedom will slowly fade away. He was pessimistic about the future of Taiwan. Dr Wortzel believes that the Chinese stands in the fight against international terrorism and in the Iraqi crisis were similar to Putin’s Russia;  and that it will not create too much of a problem for the U.S. government.

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