First broadcast October 2007
As part of the BBC World Service's Ruling China season, China's Long Arm comprises two series of two programmes each.
Programmes 1 and 2 look at China's military expansion.
Programmes 3 and 4 charts how China is becoming a key player in the world through its hunt for natural resources.
Programme 2: China's military expansion and Taiwan
Listen to the programme
As Chinese influence spreads around the world, Maurice Walsh explores the likelihood of Washington and Beijing finding themselves in conflict.
Taiwan remains a possible military flashpoint, and each year the Taiwanese naval, air and land forces hold widely publicised exercises to prepare them for any attempted invasion from mainland China.
This programme considers whether China might use its growing military power to reclaim Taiwan, possibly provoking a confrontation between China and the United States.
The military build-up in the Pacific parallels the growing economic challenge posed by China and evokes powerful memories of an earlier era of super-power rivalry.
The BBC Podcasts are for your personal non-commercial use only.
All title, ownership rights and intellectual property rights in and to the BBC Podcasts shall remain the property of the BBC or third parties.
You may not edit, alter, adapt or add to the BBC Podcast in any way.
The BBC Podcasts are made available by the BBC on an "as is" and "as available" basis and the BBC gives no warranty of any kind in relation to the BBC Podcast.
To the maximum extent permitted by law the BBC will not be liable for any loss or damage which you may suffer as a result of or connected to the download or use of the BBC Podcasts
See the full BBC Podcast: Standard Licence Terms here.