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Accession Number ADA592509
Title Prevent, Promote, and Hedge: US Military Power in the South China Sea.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 38p
Personal Author B. J. Stokes
Abstract The South China Sea is likely the first place where China's 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.
Keywords China
Conflict prevention
Foreign policy
International relations
Military forces(Foreign)
Military forces(United states)
Military strategy
Military-to-military relations
Pivot to asia
Potential adversaries
Security assistance
Shaping operations
South china sea
Trust promotion
United states government

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92 - Behavior & Society
48 - Natural Resources & Earth Sciences
74 - Military Sciences
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author United States Inst. of Peace, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1412
Contract Number N/A

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