By Thomas Christensen, Boswell professor of world politics and director of the China and the World Program at Princeton University. Also a former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs.
"The U.S. has ways to reduce a threat posed by China’s ability to wage asymmetric warfare. But a future U.S. president might be reluctant to use some of the more effective methods the American military has at its disposal"
"No U.S. president has ever launched robust conventional attacks against the homeland of a nation with nuclear retaliatory capability."
"If the U.S. were to attack missile systems and submarines for the purpose of protecting against conventional attack early in a conflict, Washington could unintentionally compromise portions of China’s nuclear arsenal as well. Chinese leaders could mistakenly view this as an attempt to eliminate China’s nuclear deterrent, risking escalation."
"a combination of U.S. power and resolve on the one hand, and diplomatic assurances on the other, can calm potentially volatile situations involving emotional sovereignty claims and a rising China."
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