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PacNet #68 – China’s Xiangshan Forum: A balancing act for the PLA

Later this week, on Oct. 16-18, China will host the Xiangshan Forum, a recently upgraded track 1.5 dialogue organized by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and military-associated think tanks. Scheduled to coincide with a special meeting between Beijing and ASEAN defense ministers is almost certainly intended to improve attendance from last year and underscores a larger effort by Beijing to better shape Asia’s security agenda.