The United States and a rising China: strategic and military by Zalmay Khalilzad

By Zalmay Khalilzad

China has been launched into a technique of reform and modernization that has resulted in exceptional financial improvement. The objective is to make China a built kingdom, which might, between different issues, elevate the normal of dwelling and get ready the bottom for a powerful army. The chinese language management considers stable kinfolk with the U.S. to be strongly really useful, if now not completely priceless, yet sovereignty issues (especially with reference to Taiwan) can cause tensions within the Sino-U.S. courting. China may well emerge, by way of 2015, as an impressive energy, one who may possibly supply a substitute for the present U.S. function because the region's most well liked protection companion and its final defense supervisor.

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The maintenance of Communist Party rule)place important limitations on the extent to which China's desire for good relations with the United States will determine its behavior. 1 But before that, China could prove a difficult military adversary in East Asia, a region of vital importance to the United States. S. role as the region's preferred security partner and its ultimate security manager. A China that approached or equaled the United States in power would presumably seek to vindicate its territorial claims and could strive to attain regional hegemony, increase its status in global terms, and alter the rules of the international system to its advantage.

Policy toward China has been one of "engagement," which seeks to maintain and enhance relations with China as much as possible in the various policy realms. Engagement rests on the assumption that continued contact affects Chinese behavior in a positive direction and produces economic benefits for the United States. In the meantime, however, it helps China develop economically and technologically: Hence, if engagement does not lead to more cooperative Chinese behavior, it may have helped China become a potentially more threatening adversary in the future.

Among the most important implications for the USAF are Dealing with the Potential Threat of Chinese Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons and Missiles. S. military, including the USAF, should seek to provide defenses against ballistic and cruise missiles. The USAF should place increased Page xviii emphasis on longer-range platforms that could be based outside the range of most future Chinese attack systems. Assuring Air Superiority. The USAF should continue to field aircraft and munitions with low-observable ("stealth") characteristics and reevaluate the planned purchases of next-generation munitions as planned numbers may be insufficient to wage an effective campaign against a modernized PLA.

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