Understanding China 's National Strategy Essay

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On November 4, 2014, Secretary of State John Kerry said “There has never been a demand more than there is today for important things to be done. I hope that the United States and China – who are both blessed with great strength, with ample resources, with extraordinary people – can do important things now and can do them together (United States Department of State, 2014).” As senior enlisted leaders, it is important to understand China’s national strategy because their influence could affect the United States’ military and/or diplomatic engagement, involvement, and intervention. Covered in this paper are China’s strategic background information, government, strategic importance, and future direction.
Background Information Officially spoken, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is the second largest land area country in the world and has approximately 1.34 billion people (Palit, 2013). Geographically, its land is very diverse, ranging from grassland, mountainous ranges, plateaus, and central rivers. It borders the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea to its immediate east, immense mountainous ranges to its west, high plateaus to the north, and broad grasslands to the south. Traditional Chinese values directly influence China’s foreign policy and create a novel approach to resolving conflicts and conducting international affairs. The traditional cultural values that influence the psyche of the Chinese people are harmony, benevolence, righteousness, courtesy, wisdom,…

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