Accession Number : ADA309026

Title :   Spratly Island Conflict.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Burkhardt, Robert W.

PDF Url : ADA309026

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : China is in the process of dynamic economic, social and international change. China's emerging leadership is under pressure to continue economic growth and produce much anticipated prosperity. Much of China's economic success will be stymied if its requirements for oil, gas and national sovereignty over Taiwan are not met. China's Military modernization makes armed conflict the worst case outcome of China's attempts to achieve its requirements. War over suspected oil and gas deposits in the Spratlys and dominance of Taiwan present U.S. policy makers with bad national security options. This paper develops a worst case scenario and provides policy principles to avert war.

Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY, *NATIONAL SECURITY, *ECONOMICS, *GROWTH(GENERAL), *CONFLICT, *CHINA, WEAPONS, SCENARIOS, WARFARE, ACQUISITION, LEADERSHIP, NATURAL RESOURCES, EXPANSION, MILITARY MODERNIZATION, INTERVENTION, TAIWAN, ISLANDS.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE