Abstract

Many analysts argue that China will soon dominate East Asia militarily. In reality, China is far from achieving this goal and will remain so for the foreseeable future. China’s maritime neighbors have developed antiaccess/area-denial (A2/AD) capabilities that can deny China sea and air control throughout most of its near seas, and China cannot afford the powerprojection capabilities it would need to overcome these A2/AD forces. This regional balance of power enables the United States to preserve the territorial status quo in East Asia at moderate cost and risk to U.S. military forces.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1531-4804
Print ISSN
0162-2889
Pages
pp. 78-119
Launched on MUSE
2017-11-08
Open Access
No
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