Accession Number : ADA326771

Title :   China: Engagement or Containment.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Mills, John D.

PDF Url : ADA326771

Report Date : 07 APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : After Tiananmen Square, the United States unilaterally severed military to military contacts and many other activities with the People's Republic of China. Since that time, resumption of military to military relations and progress in other areas has been held hostage to repeated human rights and trade crises. More dangerously, political events, such as elections in Taiwan, have lead to military confrontation. The current course of Sino-U.S. relations may, as China increases its economic and military strength, lead to confrontation and a new Cold War. It is much more in the interests of the United States for China to become, perhaps a competitor, but also a responsible member of the world community. The strategy for reaching this end is engagement, maximum contact, to promote human rights and democratic ideals by persuasion instead of confrontation. Greater understanding will, in any case, defuse confrontation. The means to ensure the survival of a strategy of engagement is compartmentalization. Progress should be pursued in military engagement, trade, human rights, and political issues, but when difficulties arise in one area they should not be allowed to effect the other areas. Because of the importance of the PLA in China, military contacts, in particular, should be pursued regardless of other bilateral difficulties.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, GLOBAL, UNITED STATES, POLITICAL SCIENCE, COMMERCE, EMERGENCIES, COMMUNITIES, ECONOMICS, HUMANS, HOSTAGES, SURVIVAL(GENERAL), STRENGTH(GENERAL), COLD WAR, CHINA, TAIWAN, ELECTIONS, CONFRONTATION.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE