China's Global Activism: Strategy, Drivers, and Tools
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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Chinese leaders are pursuing a long-term grand strategy based on maintaining a peaceful international environment that allows China to build the economic and technological foundations necessary to become a rich and powerful country. Chinas increased global activism is intended to secure inputs for the economy protect against a possible U.S. containment strategy expand Chinese political influence and pursue Chinese commercial interests. The timing and pattern of Chinas increased activism in different regions has evolved along largely independent strategic and economic tracks. This paper analyzes the rationale and drivers for Chinas increased global activism examines the tools China is employing and how they are being used assesses the empirical evidence about priorities and patterns in Chinas global activities and considers whether these activities reflect an underlying strategic design. The paper concludes with an overview of likely future developments and an assessment of the implications for the United States.
- Government and Political Science
- Economics and Cost Analysis