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How Will the U.S. View China’s Military Agenda?

Jonathan D. Pollack

With China’s new leadership selected during the 18th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, and with President Obama about to embark on a second term, the U.S. and China must consider a path forward for their sometimes bumpy but critically important relationship. Moreover, the U.S. must understand that China has to sort through a host of domestic issues as well.


Senior Fellow Jonathan Pollack says that in recent years, China has continuously expanded its military capabilities. Still, there’s no reason to think that under its new leadership this should be perceived as threatening behavior to its neighbors or the U.S. 

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