China: The Awakened Dragon
STANFORD UNIV CA CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND COOPERATION
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While Chinese leaders continue to tout the clarity of Chinas strategic intentions, Chinas pursuit of advanced military capabilities, including anti-access and force projection, offers a different perception. China has prospered while the United States has been engulfed in Afghanistan and Iraq, Americas longest wars to date. On the home front, the wars have inarguably contributed to an economic crisis and a divided nation. Meanwhile, China has experienced tremendous growth, not only economically, but also militarily. Spurred by its economic success, China continues to pursue greater military capabilities to protect its resources and extend its influence. If this trend continues, China and the United States may be on track for increased tension in the future. This paper will examine Chinas strategic intentions and military capabilities. It also will look at current U.S. strategic engagement with China, and conclude with some policy recommendations.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics