Accession Number:

ADA592509

Title:

Prevent, Promote, and Hedge: US Military Power in the South China Sea

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

UNITED STATES INST OF PEACE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-05-22

Pagination or Media Count:

38.0

Abstract:

The South China Sea is likely the first place where Chinas growing military capabilities and desire for international status will square with the United States pivot to Asia. The outcome of U.S.-China interactions within the South China Sea will indicate the direction of the broader U.S.-China relationship. Over the last two decades, the United States has developed a congagement policy that combines containment and engagement to address uncertainties in the evolving U.S.-China relationship. A military strategy that similarly addresses these uncertainties follows from the consideration of four models that describe how China may respond to U.S. military activities. By considering these models, the United States can determine a set of military activities in the South China Sea that balances among conflict prevention, promoting trust between the United States and China, and hedging against a potential adversary.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Geography
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE