Peaceful Relations?: United Nations Peacekeeping Operations and the Military Relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The complex relationship between the United States U.S. and the Peoples Republic of China PRC includes stated desires for increased military-to-military relations. Chinas increased participation in United Nations UN Peacekeeping Operations PKO, since 1990, provides a venue often mentioned as an opportunity to increase the U.S. and PRC military relations. The purpose of this thesis is to test assertions on this topic, specifically, that cooperative participation in UN PKO is an effective means to improve the U.S. and PRC military relationship. The thesis presents and analyses the organizational framework of UN PKO, and U.S. and PRC military contributions such operations. The thesis concludes that two primary challenges exist which prevent a likely increase in U.S. and Chinese military relations at this time. First, the small number of U.S. military troops contributed to UN PKO and second, the nature of PRC Peoples Liberation Army troops contributed in formed units, thus limiting their interaction or integration with other troop contributing countries. The thesis suggests that UN PKO participation at the tactical level does not directly support the desired increase in military relations.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics