China: Wealth and Implications for US Strategy
The Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army of China, General Chen Bingde, asks a question during a brief on the U.S. Army's Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle during a visit to the U.S. National training Center at Fort Irwin, CA (Photo: SGT Casem)  



Colonel Donald H. Myers
US Army

USAWC Class of 2010

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.



During the past sixty years, the People's Republic of China has watched the pendulum of post-communist victory swing from a period marked by extreme hardship to a period marked by tremendous economic development, growth, and prosperity. Indeed, prosperity over the past thirty years has propelled China up the ladder of financial wealth while also funding a sustained and extensive military transformation and modernization program. The combination has put China on a path to become a fully developed regional, if not global, power. As a result, many nations view China's rise as a source of suspicion and concern, primarily due to its lack of transparency. Against the backdrop of China's progress and its potential to "up end" the balance of power in East-Asia, how should the United States assess China?

This AY-10 USAWC Student author examines China's rise in global wealth, its need to fund a sustained and extensive military transformation and modernization program, and the implications of its military build-up for the United States National Military Strategy.

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