Joel Wuthnow is a research fellow in the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at the U.S. National Defense University. He is on Twitter @jwuthnow. The views expressed in this paper are those of the author and are not an official policy or position of the National Defense University, the Department of Defense or the U.S. government.
Image: Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington man the rails as the ship pulls out of Hong Kong after a five-day port visit in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated November 14, 2011. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Erin Devenberg