Senior Policy Director John Erath wrote an op-ed in The Hill arguing that U.S. policy toward China should focus less on military competition, and more on the competition of ideas.
“Recent revelations that China is building large numbers of missile silos, coupled with the ongoing expansion of its nuclear capabilities, have triggered a number of debates about the future of the U.S.-China relationship. It is valuable to point out that even given the growth in China’s arsenal, the United States will retain a huge numerical advantage, just as it is to note that China can already achieve regional military superiority.
A dialogue on nuclear arms control with China’s participation remains imperative, but a continued focus on the military dimension of the competition risks obscuring what is really at stake. Instead, the main goal when crafting a China strategy should be a focus on the democratic ideals of freedom and communication.” Read more