U.S. and China Relations: Tension in the Indo-Pacific Region

In partnership with the Silicon Valley Defense Group

Presented by Shield Capital

Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Symposium: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Reception and Museum Visitation: 4 p.m.

Computer History Museum
1401 N. Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, CA 94043


Welcome Remarks – 9 a.m.
Opening Keynote Remarks – 9:15 a.m.
Maintaining Deterrence in U.S. – China Competition: Can Conflict Be Averted?

Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, US Army (Ret.)
25th United States National Security Advisor
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Senior National Security Advisor, Shield Capital

Panel – 9:45 a.m.
Historical & Political Context: What China Wants and Why?

Andrew “Dex” R. Wilson, Ph.D.
Professor, U.S. Naval War College Strategy and Policy Department
John A. van Beuren Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies

Yvonne Chiu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, U.S. Naval War College at the Naval Postgraduate School

Andrew Erickson, Ph.D.
Professor, U.S. Naval War College Strategic and Operational Research Department
Research Director, China Maritime Studies Institute

Dr. Victor Shih
Associate Professor, Ho Miu Lam Chair in China and Pacific Relations, UC San Diego

Panel – 11 a.m.
The Race for Technology Dominance: U.S. Private Capital and Industry vs. China, Inc.

John F. Garofano, Ph.D.
Professor, U.S. Naval War College Strategy and Policy Department

Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly, USA (Ret.)
Vice President, Corporate Strategy/Shield Capital Investment Liason, L3Harris Technologies

Jason Rathje, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Strategic Capital, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Matt Bigge
Partner, Crosslink Capital

Tai Ming Cheung
Director, University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation
Professor, University of California San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

Luncheon – 12 p.m.
Panel – 1:15 p.m.
The Future of U.S.- China Trade & Economic Integration: Is De-Coupling a Strategic Option?

Kathleen Walsh
Associate Professor of National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval War College

Robert Wayne Tomlinson, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, U.S. Naval War College at the Naval Postgraduate School

Michael Malley, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, Department of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School

Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken
President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Closing Keynote Remarks – 2:30 p.m.
China’s Evolving Thinking on Deterrence

Roy Kamphausen
President, National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)

Reception and Museum Visitation – 4 p.m.

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