Christopher Twomey: Is Armed Conflict with China Avoidable?
The rise of China poses many challenges to the U.S., both economic and political, but the most important and dangerous might be potential security conflicts. Christopher Twomey, Associate Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., and author of The Military Lens: Doctrinal Differences and Deterrence Failure in Sino-American Relations, says that some sources of tension represent true conflicts of interest between the U.S. and China - Taiwan, relations with U.S. allies in the region, and territorial claims in the South China Sea. Others are less fundamental, but might still be problematic - a burgeoning arms race, the occasional unexpected crisis and North Korea. What are the prospects for navigating these challenges without escalation to militarized conflict in the coming decades?
This program is co-sponsored by The Commonwealth Club of California and the Truman National Security Project Educational Institute.
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