A War if We Want it: The South China Sea, Nationalism, and Great Power War in the 21st Century
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States
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A clash between China and the United States over the South China Sea is neither inevitable nor advisable. Review and consideration of past and current territorial disputes involving China demonstrate significant strategic patience and restraint on the part of planner in Beijing, both when tensions are high and when China has a significant military advantage. Though actively strengthening their military capabilities, Chinas primary state focus is on economic developmentand securing potential alternatives for resources outside of the heavily used South China Sea. The South China Sea itself is a strategic vulnerability to China, and will remain should the military balance remain as it is. In effect, the decision on whether to view China as a cooperative partner or an adversary is for the United States, as China remains strategically exposed.
- Government and Political Science