Betts and Christensen-Rise of China

Betts and Christensen-Rise of China - The Rise of China...

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The Rise of China: Getting the Questions Right----Betts and Christensen -The United States is much more likely to go to war with China than it is with any other major power. -Debate between those who think: A) China will emerge as a hefty and dangerous superpower. B) Those who believe the country’s prospects are vastly overrated. Debate revolves around questions: Whether Chinese armed forces will develop to the point they rival U.S military power and whether the economic surge will continue indefinitely or stall. Will China’s Military Power Rival America’s? There is little disagreement that the People Liberation Army remains a threadbare force, well below Western standards- poorly educated and trained, weapons old/inferior Main question: Because of economic growth, whether the PLA is poised to move out of this unimpressive condition and into a new era of modernity, efficiency, and competitiveness. For China to develop a military on the model of the US is a tremendous stretch; not because China couldn’t improve weapons, but whether the PLA is able to build complex infrastructure necessary to
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2008 for the course AEM 3230 taught by Professor Little,j.e. during the Spring '08 term at Cornell.

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