About the Author: Kelly Vorndran is a master’s candidate in Asian Studies at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Her research interests include Chinese foreign policy and Chinese military modernization. Following her graduation with a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, she lived in China and Taiwan and was published by The National Bureau of Asian Research.
Photo by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ben A. Gonzales is in the public domain.