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Alternatively, in seeking to accommodate the stronger powers, weaker powers may shift their geopolitical posture away from the
United States. Either way, hostile states would be emboldened to make aggressive moves in their regions. As rival powers
rise, Asia in particular is likely to emerge as a zone of great-power competition. Beijing’s economic rise has enabled
a dramatic military buildup focused on acquisitions of naval, cruise, and ballistic missiles, long-range stealth
aircraft, and anti-satellite capabilities. China’s strategic modernization is aimed, ultimately, at denying the United
States access to the seas around China. Even as cooperative economic ties in the region have grown, China’s expansive territorial claims
— and provocative statements and actions following crises in Korea and incidents at sea — have roiled its relations
with South Korea, Japan, India, and Southeast Asian states. Still, the United States is the most significant barrier
facing Chinese hegemony and aggression. UQ: US On Brink of Losing Competitive Edge
The United States is losing competitiveness in HSR
BAF, 2011 (“Falling Apart and Falling Behind”; FAS) pg.23
The United States used...
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