Coordinated Engagement: A Shift in the Focus of U.S. Policy Towards China
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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China has emerged as a great power in Asia and soon will be a great world power. Chinas efforts to expand its influence outside of its borders will have a tremendous influence on the future role of the United States in the Pacific Rim and beyond. The concern is whether China will emerge as a cooperating world power or a challenging world power. China has been exhibiting a reluctance to operate within a reasonable set of international standards on such issues as human rights abuses, trade violations, Taiwan, and the Spratly Islands. U.S. policy planners have been unable to moderate Chinas behavior. Worse yet, these same planners have been unable to articulate a workable policy toward China. Left unchecked, China will develop into a challenging world power. Fortunately, U.S. policy planners can still prevent this by adopting a coordinated policy of engagement that uses all of the elements of national power.
- Government and Political Science