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Interpreting China's Grand Strategy

by Michael D. Swaine, Ashley J. Tellis

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Abstract

This research brief describes work documented in Interpreting China's Grand Strategy: Past, Present, and Future (MR-1121-AF).

Excerpt: China's stature in the international political power structure has been rising since the late 1970s, largely because of market reforms initiated by Deng Xiaoping. If concluded successfully, China's ascent could cause a dramatic power transition within the international system, possibly challenging the U.S. role as the region's preeminent security provider. Therefore, managing the rise of China during the next few decades is critically important to U.S. interests. Developing successful policies toward China, however, requires an understanding of China's past and present approach to providing for its security.

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