Accession Number:

AD1079461

Title:

China's Realist Dilemma: The Pursuit of International Prestige

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2018-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

70.0

Abstract:

Prestige drove China in 2017 to distance itself from North Korea and the Treaty of Friendship signed by both countries. This paper describes Chinas actions since 2003 through a contrast of Kenneth Waltzs and Robert Gilpins theories on realism. Chinas economic growth provides opportunities to make minor changes in the international structure. China created the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to increase its prestige and to control an international organization funding projects in other nations. However, China has not increased its total military personnel numbers, nor its military spending relative to its Gross Domestic Product. Finally, China seeks modernization of their military while exporting military technology. Prestige, not power, best explains Chinas actions since 2003.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE