NDU Symposium – China’s Naval Modernization: Cause for Storm Warnings?

China’s Naval Modernization: Cause for Storm Warnings?

Organized by The Institute for National Strategic Studies – 16 June 2010

The rapid and continuing growth in economic and political power of modern China has been fueled primarily by its willingness and success at engaging the world as a manufacturing center. This overseas trade has exposed the nation to maritime opportunities and challenges that, while not unique, exist on a scale that places them in a special category. Defending China’s sea frontiers and protecting the maritime lifelines supporting China’s economic engine rests on the Peoples Liberation Army – Navy (PLAN) which for decades has been considered the least important of China’s military branches. There are indications this is changing, but questions remain on the objectives of Chinese naval modernization, the underlying maritime strategy, and the consequence for other nations, especially the U.S.

This one-day symposium seeks to illuminate and promote informed discussion on the issues of Chinese naval modernization.The symposium will be held at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington.

The program is open to the public. Participants are expected from government, business, universities, and research institutes from the United States and abroad.

There is a registration fee for this symposium for those who are not NDU staff, faculty, or students, which includes lunch. Registration and payments must be made using our online registration form. See our website for a link to the online registration form. The registration fee is $25. Due to space constraints, registration will be limited to the first 200 participants to register.

Confirmed speakers include Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt, USN (Ret), Dr. Robert Ross, Dr. Nan Li, Dr. Bernard Cole, Mr. Ronald O’Rourke.

Invited speakers include Mr. Derek Mitchell and Dr. David Finkelstein.

The working agenda follows:


0745 – 0820 On-site Check-in/Registration
0830 – 0900 Welcome and Opening Remarks

0915-1045 Panel 1: Chinese Naval Modernization: Scope and Content

  • “Informatization” of the Chinese Naval Force
  • PLA Navy expanding capabilities
  • Recent trends and developments in maritime modernization
  • Personnel and manpower changes and challenges

1100-1230 Panel 2: PLAN Modernization and Operations

  • The PLA Navy role in out of area operations
  • Modernization and the impact on operations
  • The PLAN and the Taiwan contingency

1230-1345 Luncheon

Speaker: Mr. Derek J. Mitchell, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian & Pacific Security Affairs (invited)

1400-1530 Panel 3: China’s Maritime Strategies, Interests, & Implications for Naval Modernization

  • China’s maritime strategy, security, and the role of the PLAN
  • Perspectives of China’s maritime strategy – military and civilian
  • Anti-access campaign strategy and the Taiwan Straits

1545-1715 Panel 4: Future Directions of Chinese Maritime Power

  • Implications of and future trends in PLA Navy modernization
  • Chinese Naval interests
  • Chinese Naval nationalism

Programs of Community Attractions and Events Planned

HMAS ADELAIDE to be Scuttled off Terrigal on March 27th 2010

After delays, numerous phone calls and  emails between Department of Premier and Cabinet (NSW)…and other contacts, we are pleased to confirm the date for the scuttling of HMAS ADELAIDE off Terrigal.

The 27th March is the BIG day!

We would like the members of the HMAS ADELAIDE Association to be a key part of these celebrations. As such we would like to arrange for members who want to view the scuttling to be located in a special VIP area at one of the two surf clubs on Avoca Beach for the morning.

In the evening the annual Westpac HELICOPTER RESCUE CHARITY BALL will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Terrigal. This is a specially themed “Reef and Rescue” Ball.

This year they are incorporating the HMAS Adelaide Celebrations and invitations have gone out to as many former Commanding Officers of the Adelaide as they can locate.

NATALIE HEISE is theProject Manager
ex HMAS Adelaide Project,
Special Projects Manager Crown Lands Divisions
Land and Property Management Authority.
Ph: 4920 5058
Fax 4925 3489
Mob 0448 101 047



Entitled “Reef & Rescue Ball”

Crowne Plaza Hotel,


7 pm for 7:30 pm start

The Committee is looking for donations of prizes for the Live Auction and Silent Auction of Balloon Raffle.

Contact:  Shannon O’Hagan

Telephone:  (02) 4336-4627

Email   shannon.ohagan@rescuehelicopter.com.au

With only 10 WEEKS TO GO, hopefully we can muster a good group to be there.


More former HMAS Adelaide contacts have been received and it is great to welcome the following:

  • Greg & Melanie Dowling
  • Trevor “Crow” Corrigan
  • John & Cathy Filipek
  • Alan Dean
  • And the latest if Ray Sealey who advises me that his 4 year old daughter has been named “Adelaide” after the Ship!

Last ANZAC DAY in the Adelaide march, our “Adelaide” Banner attracted another former member of the Ship’s company….STEPHEN BEAL.

On Saturday afternoon, 29th August,  an informal do was held at Port Adelaide Club Rooms where most of us could meet up for the first time.

Our guest of honour was, Mr. BILL FULLER – former leading stoker of HMAS Adelaide (mark 1) and his lovely wife Maxine.

Bill marches every year and has quite a following in the crowd.  He is still getting over the fuss that was made of him at the Adelaide de-commissioning ceremony, by Commanding Officers and Rear Admirals…..”it wouldn’t have happened in my day” said a delighted Mr. Fuller!!!!

David Kerr (former Adelaide commissioning crew and now President of Naval Association in SA), Jean Hudson (State Secretary, N.A.A.) were also able to join the rest of our motley crew.