Accession Number : ADA586934


Title :   Strategic Aggression: Conditions that Could Trigger Aggressive Military Action by the People's Republic of China


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Landry, Corey M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a586934.pdf


Report Date : 23 May 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 113


Abstract : Over the past two decades, China's rapid military expansion has raised concern among U.S. policy makers and defense officials. While it publicly claims a policy of peaceful development, China continues to develop high technology weapons systems and force projection platforms that are widening its military advantage over its neighbors and could possible deny American military access to the region in the event of conflict. China's true ambitions and long-term strategy are difficult to discern, as it is intentionally secretive about its military development and foreign policy. Despite its military buildup and secretive nature, China has not yet shown any intention of conducting strategic military aggression against other nations. However, could China's non-aggressive posture change? And if so, what emerging conditions might indicate that such a change is taking place? This monograph uses a case study of interwar Germany to determine the factors that led to Germany's strategic aggression, and assesses modern-day China against those factors. Interwar Germany embarked on a rearmament program that produced the massive military force Hitler used to initiate World War II. In comparison, there are clearly substantial differences between Germany and China, but there are also some parallels and areas for concern. Emerging domestic problems could manifest themselves in China over the next two decades -- possibly leading to instability -- and China is not content with America's military presence in the Western Pacific. If China is unable to maintain its current high levels of economic growth, potential domestic and international problems could destabilize the Chinese Communist Party and provide more aggressive leaders the credibility needed to seize power. The United States can no longer afford to train, and maintain an expensive, Cold War-style military force for an unlikely war.


Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY , *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , *POLITICAL PARTIES , CASE STUDIES , CHINA , DEFENSE SYSTEMS , DOCUMENTS , LEADERSHIP , MILITARY DOCTRINE , MILITARY OPERATIONS , NATIONS , PACIFIC OCEAN , POLICIES , SECOND WORLD WAR , STRATEGY , THESES , TRIGGER CIRCUITS


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE