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The China Syndrome

October 19, 2009 Topic: EconomicsDefenseTradeSecurity Region: Northeast AsiaAsia

The China Syndrome

Beijing won’t be able to threaten the American homeland anytime soon. So why is everyone panicking about China’s military buildup?

With China on the move, DoD observes that "The United States continues to work with our allies and friends in the region to monitor these developments and adjust our policies accordingly." But the resulting policy adjustment should be to reduce America's international ambitions rather than increase America's military spending. Even as President Obama seeks to improve Washington's relations with the PRC, the United States should replace dominance with defense as the core of its foreign policy.

 

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. A former special assistant to President Reagan, he is the author of Foreign Follies: America's New Global Empire (Xulon Press).