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Rebalance to Asia and the Pacific: Leveraging Vietnam to Counter-Balance China

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Technical Report,01 Aug 2015,10 Jun 2016

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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After 10 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. is attempting to rebalance and has identified a need to pivot to the Pacific for long term national interest. The emergence of China, economically and militarily, is the key factor in the rebalancing strategy. The U.S. must commit more focus and resources to Asia and the Pacific if it desires to remain an influential power in the region. However, the U.S. finds itself in a fiscally constrained environment and implementing a force reduction in the military. A strategic partnership with Vietnam is a partial solution to address this dilemma. Vietnam appears to have the capabilities and willingness to provide the U.S. a counter-balance to China in the region. Relationships between Vietnam and the U.S. have warmed in recent years, conversely, Vietnams relationship with China has cooled due to the perceived aggression of Beijing in the littoral region of the South China Sea. Beijings controversial claims on the Spratly Islands have only intensified tensions in the territory and supports the pivot to the Pacific by the U.S.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Government and Political Science

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