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China's Global Influence: Perspectives and Recommendations

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Technical Report

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Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Honolulu United States

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Since the publication of the Trump Administrations first National Security Strategy NSS on 18 December 2017, there has been much discussion about the extent to which a state of strategic competition exists between the United States US and the Peoples Republic of ChinaPRC. As many commentators note, neither the existence of competition nor the ideas in the NSS are particularly new.2 However, a difference in tone, attributed at least in part to the unabashed use of America First to describe the strategy, has led many to view it as more competitive than past strategies.3Across the Pacific, an increasingly assertive PRC, led by an increasingly authoritarian Xi Jinping, has also caused many to hypothesize that the PRC is shedding Deng Xiaopings admonition to hide your strength and bide your time in favor of a proactive foreign policy.4Moves by the PRC to claim sovereignty over disputed territoriesand the waterin the South China Sea, efforts to establish alternative international financial institutions, and development of military capabilities aimed directly at US capabilities also suggest the PRC is taking a competitive stance towards the US

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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