Strategic Considerations of the Sino-Cuban Relationship as the United States Renews Relations with Cuba
US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States
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The Peoples Republic of China PRC is the largest power competitor of the United States today. China has rapidly risen to power, re-establishing its dominance in Asia while projecting great influence across the globe. China is driven to access global resources and broaden its global influence for the stability and prosperity 1.35 billion citizens. Over the last 15 years, China has rapidly increased trade relations with Latin America and the Caribbean, while the United States has focused foreign policy efforts in the Middle East. China is now second to the U.S. alone in trade relations in the region. Beyond economic influence, the PRC also exhibits diplomatic influence, information infrastructure dominance and military cooperation throughout the Western Hemisphere. According to the theories of international relations, Chinas rise to power could present a significant threat to the National Security of the United States. Cuba, the PRCs oldest ally in the Western Hemisphere, possesses a shared ideology, strategic location, an emerging market, a deep water commercial port, regional influence, and natural resources which make Cuba a key Chinese partner in the region. Using a threat assessment methodology, this thesis examines the strategic considerations of the Sino-Cuban relationship in the reestablishment of Cuban-American relations.
- Government and Political Science