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Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.-China Relations in the Twenty-First Century

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"The United States and China are locked in an increasingly intense strategic rivalry. In their thought-provoking new book, Steinberg and O'Hanlon seek ways to prevent this competition from spiraling out of control. While acknowledging the obstacles and potential risks, the authors offer concrete proposals aimed at promoting transparency, restraint, and stability. Their ideas deserve to be discussed and debated, in Beijing as well as Washington."--Aaron L. Friedberg, Princeton University

"A highly informed and realistic analysis of U.S.-China relations that avoids premature fatalism and Pollyannish optimism. It offers a bold strategy based on developing a common framework of cooperation benefiting both countries while still standing up for American interests and allies. The authors further undertake the hard work of offering concrete examples of where such cooperative opportunities might be found. A must-read for anyone interested in the future of U.S.-China relations."--Stephen J. Hadley, former national security advisor to President George W. Bush

"This excellent book makes an elegant statement on the stakes involved in achieving strategic coexistence between the established power, the United States, and the rising power, China. The authors provide a specific set of guidelines for avoiding unnecessary competition."--Patrick M. Cronin, Center for a New American Security

"Strategic Reassurance and Resolve argues that major armed conflict between the United States and China is far from inevitable and moreover, that concrete steps can be taken to avoid such an outcome. Offering numerous recommendations and proposals, this effectively organized and well-written book offers an important contribution to the debate on China's rise and U.S. policy."--M. Taylor Fravel, author of Strong Borders, Secure Nation

Review:

"Syracuse University law professor Steinberg and Brookings Institution senior fellow O'Hanlon (coauthors of Protecting the American Homeland) stress the advantages of relative cooperation between the United States and China in spite of continual threats of an arms race and military confrontation. The authors review sources of U.S. — China conflict, rooted in familiar rivalries between established and rising powers, before even-handedly analyzing the two countries' differing 'strategic cultures' and regimes, and conjecturing what could go wrong in Taiwan and how relations could worsen on related issues, potentially leading to war. According to the authors, if skirmishes were to escalate, it would not be automatic and easy for the U.S. to prevail in any maritime engagement. Examining nuclear, space, and cyber domains succinctly, Steinberg and O'Hanlon reject 'structural pessimism' and conclude with specific recommendations on defense budgets, nuclear coexistence, space wars, and spying. The book's bland title will likely consign this well-reasoned, important book to a limited readership. However, the points Steinberg and O'Hanlon make deserve the attention of all readers interested in the connection between U.S. and China going forward. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

"This excellent book makes an elegant statement on the stakes involved in achieving strategic coexistence between the established power, the United States, and the rising power, China. The authors provide a specific set of guidelines for avoiding unnecessary competition."--Patrick M. Cronin, Center for a New American Security

"Strategic Reassurance and Resolve argues that major armed conflict between the United States and China is far from inevitable and moreover, that concrete steps can be taken to avoid such an outcome. Offering numerous recommendations and proposals, this effectively organized and well-written book offers an important contribution to the debate on China's rise and U.S. policy."--M. Taylor Fravel, author of Strong Borders, Secure Nation

Synopsis:

After forty years of largely cooperative Sino-U.S. relations, policymakers, politicians, and pundits on both sides of the Pacific see growing tensions between the United States and China. Some go so far as to predict a future of conflict, driven by the inevitable rivalry between an established and a rising power, and urge their leaders to prepare now for a future showdown. Others argue that the deep economic interdependence between the two countries and the many areas of shared interests will lead to more collaborative relations in the coming decades.

In this book, James Steinberg and Michael O'Hanlon stake out a third, less deterministic position. They argue that there are powerful domestic and international factors, especially in the military and security realms, that could well push the bilateral relationship toward an arms race and confrontation, even though both sides will be far worse off if such a future comes to pass. They contend that this pessimistic scenario can be confidently avoided only if China and the United States adopt deliberate policies designed to address the security dilemma that besets the relationship between a rising and an established power. The authors propose a set of policy proposals to achieve a sustainable, relatively cooperative relationship between the two nations, based on the concept of providing mutual strategic reassurance in such key areas as nuclear weapons and missile defense, space and cyber operations, and military basing and deployments, while also demonstrating strategic resolve to protect vital national interests, including, in the case of the United States, its commitments to regional allies.

About the Author

James Steinberg is dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and professor of social science, international affairs, and law at Syracuse University, and former deputy secretary of state in the Obama administration. His books include "An Ever Closer Union". Michael E. O'Hanlon is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who specializes in national security policy. His books include "The Science of War" (Princeton). Steinberg and O'Hanlon are the authors of "Protecting the American Homeland".

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1. Introduction 1

Part I: The Cause for Concern

Chapter 2. The Sources of Conflict 17

Chapter 3. The Determinants of Chinese Strategy 29

Chapter 4. The Determinants of American Strategy 48

Part II: Strategic Reassurance in Practice

Chapter 5. Military Spending and Military Modernization 77

Chapter 6. Military Contingencies: Enhancing Crisis Stability 120

Chapter 7. The Strategic Domain: Nuclear, Space, and Cyber 150

Chapter 8. Bases, Deployments, and Operations 182

Chapter 9. Conclusion 203

Appendix A. Summary of Specific Recommendations 209

Appendix B. Naval Vessels of the United States and China 213

Notes 215

Index 257

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691159515
Author:
Steinberg, James
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
O`Hanlon, Michael E.
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Asian and Asian American Studies
Subject:
Politics - General
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 line illus. 8 tables. 1 map.
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Syracuse University law professor Steinberg and Brookings Institution senior fellow O'Hanlon (coauthors of Protecting the American Homeland) stress the advantages of relative cooperation between the United States and China in spite of continual threats of an arms race and military confrontation. The authors review sources of U.S. — China conflict, rooted in familiar rivalries between established and rising powers, before even-handedly analyzing the two countries' differing 'strategic cultures' and regimes, and conjecturing what could go wrong in Taiwan and how relations could worsen on related issues, potentially leading to war. According to the authors, if skirmishes were to escalate, it would not be automatic and easy for the U.S. to prevail in any maritime engagement. Examining nuclear, space, and cyber domains succinctly, Steinberg and O'Hanlon reject 'structural pessimism' and conclude with specific recommendations on defense budgets, nuclear coexistence, space wars, and spying. The book's bland title will likely consign this well-reasoned, important book to a limited readership. However, the points Steinberg and O'Hanlon make deserve the attention of all readers interested in the connection between U.S. and China going forward. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , "This excellent book makes an elegant statement on the stakes involved in achieving strategic coexistence between the established power, the United States, and the rising power, China. The authors provide a specific set of guidelines for avoiding unnecessary competition."--Patrick M. Cronin, Center for a New American Security

"Strategic Reassurance and Resolve argues that major armed conflict between the United States and China is far from inevitable and moreover, that concrete steps can be taken to avoid such an outcome. Offering numerous recommendations and proposals, this effectively organized and well-written book offers an important contribution to the debate on China's rise and U.S. policy."--M. Taylor Fravel, author of Strong Borders, Secure Nation

"Synopsis" by , After forty years of largely cooperative Sino-U.S. relations, policymakers, politicians, and pundits on both sides of the Pacific see growing tensions between the United States and China. Some go so far as to predict a future of conflict, driven by the inevitable rivalry between an established and a rising power, and urge their leaders to prepare now for a future showdown. Others argue that the deep economic interdependence between the two countries and the many areas of shared interests will lead to more collaborative relations in the coming decades.

In this book, James Steinberg and Michael O'Hanlon stake out a third, less deterministic position. They argue that there are powerful domestic and international factors, especially in the military and security realms, that could well push the bilateral relationship toward an arms race and confrontation, even though both sides will be far worse off if such a future comes to pass. They contend that this pessimistic scenario can be confidently avoided only if China and the United States adopt deliberate policies designed to address the security dilemma that besets the relationship between a rising and an established power. The authors propose a set of policy proposals to achieve a sustainable, relatively cooperative relationship between the two nations, based on the concept of providing mutual strategic reassurance in such key areas as nuclear weapons and missile defense, space and cyber operations, and military basing and deployments, while also demonstrating strategic resolve to protect vital national interests, including, in the case of the United States, its commitments to regional allies.

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