Prevention of US-China Armed Conflict Over South China Sea Territorial Disputes
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA JOINT ADVANCED WARFIGHTING SCHOOL
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The South China Sea is in danger of sparking armed conflict among several nations claiming sovereignty over its islands and waters. Due to relationships the United States has with countries in the region and the risk to freedom of navigation, any conflict here is likely to compel U.S. involvement. As it would involve two nuclear powers, the consequences of a China-United States military conflict would be globally significant and long lasting. Recent actions by the United States are giving the appearance of foreign policy success however, they have not brought the island disputes Paracel Islands and Spratly Islands any closer to resolution. This thesis will analyze the interests and actions of the nations that are involved in the South China Sea island disputes, and provide recommendations to the United States on avoiding a conflict with China and resolving the disputes.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics