Chinese Grand Strategy Case Study

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Every state wants to design an effective grand strategy, which will lead it to prosperity and peace. However, designing and implementing such strategy requires high-level intellectual activity, many resources and time. In my essay, I will argue that superpowers should definitely have a grand strategy to carry out their foreign policy and smaller states do not have a capability to create grand strategies. My essay will be structured in the following way. Firstly, I will give a definition of grand strategy and show that various academics in the field understand the term differently. Secondly, I will list the ingredients of grand strategy and reveal why those are always different. Thirdly, I am going to explain that it is beneficial for superpowers …show more content…
Spread of the cultural ideas and principles has historically, been the main ingredient. However, when China has firstly faced powerful outsiders it had to adopt to the new realities. Today, Сhinese grand strategy is to protect its sovereignty, the need to take advantage from their geographical position and economic capabilities. There are two opposing opinions in the discussion of the Chinese grand strategy. There are academics who believe that the grand strategy of China will aggressively intersect with the American grand strategy, which will cause security problems and there are academics who believe in the peaceful rise of China. Wang Jisi claims that Chinese political aims are concentrated on finding the solutions to the domestic problems rather than challenging the United States. In accordance with the view of the author, Chinese grand strategy includes maintaining Chinese political stability (stability of the CCP leadership), sovereign security, keeping territorial integrity and sustainable economic growth. Personally, I support the view that Chinese grand strategy is mainly defensive rather than offensive and I do not see enough evidence to claim the opposite. For example, the decision of the American government to sell weapons to South Korea and Taiwan in 2010 (Chinese regional …show more content…
The policy of containment of the United States during the Cold war perfectly shows the purposefulness of having a coherent, clear and functioning high strategy for superpowers. I believe that it is one of the most successful and clear examples of how grand strategy can actually work – maybe in the end of the paragraph. It was firstly designed by George Kennan and its main aim was to prevent the spread of communism throughout the globe and domestically. I have decided to split the policy of containment into three parts (economic, military and ideological) in order to show how it was successful on different levels of

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