Accession Number : AD1020047

Title :   Understanding the Implications: Why the Chinese Economy is Critical to the United States Realizing Its Desired End State for South East Asia

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : Harris,James IV E

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Report Date : 10 Jun 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 123

Abstract : China has become an economic force whose influence must be considered not only in Asia but the world. The United States has now re-focused its attention on Asia and the operational environment must be framed to understand the influence China's economy exerts on all relevant countries in South East Asia. This thesis attempts to quantify the second and third order effects of China's economy on the overall operational approach and lines of effort the United States is pursuing as it attempts to re-establish its national influence and protect national interests in Asia. The research examines China's effects on the U.S. economy, U.S. South East Asian allies economies, and the tensions which exist preventing greater cooperation between the U.S. and China as they both attempt to shape economic development in the region. The research finds that the U.S. will be unable to fully realize its desired end state for Asia if China and the U.S. are unable to negotiate a common vision for the future. The U.S. must accept that idealism is relevant early on in shaping operational variables, but that idealism cannot ignore the realities of a mature current operational environment.

Descriptors :   china , national security , international relations , southeast Asia , economic development , cooperation , Thailand , Philippines , south Korea , intergovernmental organizations , investments , treaties , foreign aid , agreements , international trade , public policy , united states government , international law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE