Security Implications of US Arms Transfers to China
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis is an evaluation of the soundness of the Reagan administrations policy for transferring arms to the Peoples Republic of China, with a sound policy defined as one in which the potential benefits outweigh the assessed risks. The evaluation begins by tracing the policys historical development. This is followed by an investigation into the rationale behind both the United States and Chinas participation with each other. The policy evaluation is completed with benefit, cost and risk analyses. The evaluation indicates that the Reagan administrations arms transfer policy for China is the result of an evolutionary rather than revolutionary development. It should be mutually beneficial to the US and the PRC, and is sound since its potential benefits outweigh its probable risks. Keywords Foreign relations Sino- American, Sino-Soviet, US-USSR-PRC Strategic triangle Arms transfers Arms sales Strategic interests, Theses.
- Government and Political Science