U.S.-China security relations: Past, present, and future

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Given the differing agendas of the United States and China, a meaningful strategic partnership is impossible under current circumstances. This should not, however, preclude a security relationship that aims at preventing the outbreak of hostilities. Future American administrations should avoid the assumptions, first, that engagement with China cannot be achieved without appeasement of China and, second, that anything short of engagement with China is isolation of China. Strategic rivals are not necessarily enemies. Apart from small extremist elements, there is no enthusiasm in either country for armed confrontation. China and the United States have an important stake in the continued prosperity of each other. Beijing will continue to test the limits of U.S. commitment to its allies and principles, anticipating that Washington's reactions will be restrained by America's belief that economic growth eventually solves all problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-65
Number of pages33
JournalIssues and Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Asia-Pacific defense
  • Cross-Strait relations
  • Strategic partnership
  • U.S. China policy
  • U.S.-China security relations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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