String of Pearls: Meeting the Challenge of China’s Rising Power Across the Asian Littoral
This publication discusses China’s rising geopolitical influence through efforts to increase access to ports and airfields, develop special diplomatic relationships, and modernize military forces that extend throughout Asia. It addresses the question whether China’s growing influence is in accordance with Beijing’s stated policy of "peaceful development," or if China one day will make a bid for regional primacy. The author states that results-oriented engagement supported by pragmatic military hedging is the best strategy to influence and encourage China to participate in the international community as a responsible stakeholder.
© 2006 Strategic Studies Institute (SSI)
Christopher J. Pehrson