Chinese Military

For a New Sino-American Relationship

September 23, 2013

To avoid the United States and China falling into the Thucydides trap, both nations will be served if they embrace a strategy of Mutually Assured Restraint (MAR). Political scientists argue that since the days of the ancient Greeks, when a new power arises and the old superpower does not yield ground quick enough — wars ensue. However, the record shows that there are no historical Iron Laws.

Obama walking with President Xi

MAR: A Model for US-China Relations

September 20, 2013

The United States and China, as well as the international community, would benefit significantly if both powers adopted a strategy of Mutually Assured Restraint (MAR). It would help them to move away from the current distrust both sides exhibit in their dealings with each other, cap the military build up, reduce the risks of unintended conflagrations, allow both nations to dedicate more resources to urgent domestic needs, and increase collaborations in many matters that concern both powers.

Missile Launching

Air-Sea Battle: A Dangerous Way to Deal With China

September 03, 2013

On the face of it, the Pentagon’s Air-Sea Battle plan makes eminently good sense; it is a clear response to a clear challenge. China has been developing a whole slew of weapons (especially anti-ship missiles) over the past two decades that are of great concern to the U.S. military.