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The United States’ and China’s 2015 Military Strategies: A Path Towards Confrontation?
The Western Pacific is a strategic environment undergoing profound systemic change. Consequently, both China and the United States’ military documents show significant shifts in the contours of strategic thought. China is deviating from long standing foreign policy practices and developing military power and expeditionary capabilities, which threaten to undermine the U.S.‘s ability to sustain its extended deterrence guarantees in the Western Pacific. China is becoming far more extroverted and subsuming a greater international security activism, reflecting its growing interests and capabilities. The U.S. is shifting to a state-‐‑based threat posture and continues to pursue hedging against the potential for Chinese aggression and challenges to the U.S’s regional security architecture. The interactive dynamics between these documents show both increasing potential for cooperation and the risk of a competitive stra