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Nov 28, 2023

The Beijing Xiangshan Forum, a high-level security and defense gathering, was convened from October 29 to 31 for the first time since 2019, with the theme, “Common Security, Lasting Peace.”  Delegates from over 40 countries, including the United States and Russia, attended.  What took place? What is the U.S. attitude toward the forum? What is the mood after the long gap in mil-to-mil communication since former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s 2022 Taiwan visit? What were the achievements of the forum; will it lead to a thaw between the two militaries? In a conversation moderated by Jennifer Staats on November 16, 2023, Chad Sbragia and Fiona Cunningham, who both attended the 2023 Xiangshan Forum, offer insiders’ views on the proceedings of China’s top annual security forum and discuss its significance.

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2:17 Introduction to the Xiangshan forum and U.S. involvement

12:05 Xiangshan forum in current Chinese politics

16:53 U.S.-China security relationship global impact

23:43 What is Russia's role in global seucrity?

32:22 Forum overview: what is the future of China's security and defense?

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