Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Name

Military Studies

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Vincent R. Lindenmyer


The purpose of this research paper was to make a comparative analysis of the current US Asia-Pacific strategy versus the Cold War strategy in terms of US military capability, diplomacy, and economics. At the present, US strategy towards China appears as containment. A qualitative analysis was selected as the primary method of research. The analysis examined several government documents including the National Security Strategy, Quadrennial Defense Review, and peer reviewed studies regarding current US-China relations. Investigation was necessary for assessing the extent of the current strategy of containment versus engagement. The findings showed US military posture and capability toward China indicates engagement with lesser lines of effort toward containment. Also, diplomatic and economic stance reflected a desire to open up avenues for financial gain while still maintaining security in Asia-Pacific via Japan and the Philippines. Simply, the overall US stance toward China is engagement based on economic interdependency. Nevertheless, elements of containment remain in the form of necessity for the US military to ensure it still has the ability to defend itself and regional allies.



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