Friedberg Responds

Issue: Sept-Oct 2009

PROFESSOR Ross and I agree on at least three very important points: China's ongoing buildup poses a serious challenge to our strategic position in East Asia; left unaddressed, current trends will diminish our ability to extend credible security guarantees, thereby undermining our regional alliances and possibly weakening deterrence; and, working together with our friends and allies, we should be able to maintain a favorable military balance, despite China's current dynamism.

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