The Struggle for Mastery in Asia

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The Struggle for Mastery in Asia By: Aaron Friedberg First No matter how china does economically or its political system changes, over the next couple of decades they will not collapse. Second China wants to become the preeminent Asian power, which means that it will displace the United States as the preponderant power in the region. Third The United States is not going to abandon its preponderant power in Asia and surrender it to China. W/O heavy US inflows, China would not have been able to progress as it has. US used trade because a mutual exchange is assumed to forge a shared interest in good relations, and a powerful disincentive to conflict. According to US advocates of engagement, economic growth will speed democratization and China would be far less likely to use force or threats. Commercial Liberalist View
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Unformatted text preview: • The rapid growth of China’s economy has produced a significant expansion in its influence all along its interior land frontier. Therefore, its poor neighbors are increasingly looking at them for aid and business deals. • The First sort of struggle for mastery in Asia vis-à-vis its economic power. PG. 3 extremely important for China rule over Asia. • The Second sort of struggle for mastery in Asia is vis-à-vis militarily. • If the Chinese want to displace the United States as East Asia’s dominant military power, Chinese strategists must come up with new ways of countering American forces. o The possible use of missiles against US regional bases. o Acquire weapons in which to sink American surface ships, and especially the aircraft carriers on which the US now relies heavily on....
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2009 for the course GOVT 2827 taught by Professor Carlson, a during the Spring '06 term at Cornell.

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