All For One and None For All: China's Rise As An Hegemon in Asia and Its Effects on U.S. National Security Interests
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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This paper researched the Chinese exclusive economic zone EEZ in the South China Sea SCS and the effects it has had on U.S. security interests. The United States U.S. cares about this issue because it believes Chinese behavior within its EEZ threaten internationally recognized rights, allied sovereignty, and trade traveling the SCS. The paper used the case study methodology to explore how the EEZ affects U.S. interests and why there is disagreement between the United States and China regarding it. The key findings were that Chinese activities are impinging many rights of Chinas neighbors, many of whom are U.S. allies, as well as directly on some U.S. rights. Many of Chinas behaviors seemed motivated by historical experiences that translated into insecurities driving modern actions. Comparison of U.S. and Chinese perspectives revealed one area of convergence. Each desired to improve bilateral cooperative relations with each other. The papers recommendations centered on future study on building foundations for possible cooperative bilateral relations between the United States and China. It also recommended studying the cultural aspects of the Sino-American dynamic that have led to past difficulties in the SCS and threaten the evolving process of normalizing bilateral relations.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics