Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts China’s ‘Peaceful Rise’ Enters Turbulence

China’s ‘Peaceful Rise’ Enters Turbulence


This article seeks to place recent developments in China in a larger context through three arguments. First, Chinese military policy has indeed made a major turning over the past decade; second, this turning is based on a fragile and unrealistic strategy that is already eliciting counterreactions that will make achievement of its apparent goals increasingly difficult. Finally, this strategy’s failure will present China with unwelcome choices about how far to take her use of force. The “rise” of China is now encountering turbulence that may undo it.

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