New Jersey Army National Guard Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst United States
The rise of China has led to a number of questions regarding Beijings grand strategy. China has become an economic superpower, and is a signatory to a number of International conventions regarding free trade. It is a valuable member of intergovernmental organizations such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Yet Beijing is concerned primarily with the interests of the Chinese people the economic and military considerations of the rest of the international community are secondary at best. This paper assumes that the goal of the Chinese government is to establish a system of investment and security parallel to that offered by the United States and its allies it attempts to do so in order to offer a less restrictive product than that offered by the existing international order. Part of this assumption pertains to Chinese assertion of claims in the South China Sea. The purpose of this paper is to address the issue of Chinas economic penetration into Latin America and Africa, and to consider the options available to the United States to prepare for potential operations in the South China Sea.