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The Ambiguous “China Threat”

While it is difficult to ascertain China’s long-term strategic intentions, it is clear that the country’s military modernization is shifting security paradigms in the Asia-Pacific region and challenging US strategic primacy. In order to mitigate security risks, military diplomacy and dialogue between China and the US must improve.

SINGAPORE – For more than a decade, China’s geopolitical ambitions, backed by the People’s Liberation Army’s ongoing modernization, have fueled a debate about whether regional security dilemmas and competition – particularly with the United States – will escalate. While most policy analysts agree that China’s expanding role in global economic and security affairs will shape the Asia-Pacific region’s strategic environment, no clear consensus has emerged on the form that this influence will take.