Handbook of US–China Relations
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Handbook of US–China Relations

Edited by Andrew T.H. Tan

This Handbook addresses the key questions surrounding US–China relations: what are the historical and contemporary contexts that underpin this complex relationship? How has the strategic rivalry between the two evolved? What are the key flashpoints in their relationship? What are the key security issues between the two powers? The international contributors explore the historical, political, economic, military, and international and regional spheres of the US–China relationship. The topics they discuss include human rights, Chinese public perception of the United States, US–China strategic rivalry, China’s defence build-up and cyber war.
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Chapter 20: Against a superior foe: China’s evolving A2/AD strategy

Jingdong Yuan


One of China’s priorities in defense modernization is to develop a military strategy based on fighting and winning informationized local wars, in particular its ability to deter and defeat Taiwan independence and US military intervention in any possible Taiwan Strait scenarios. Informed by its long-held tradition of active defense, this strategy places great emphasis on engaging a superior enemy through asymmetrical warfare, and highlights the critical importance of Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) that place an opponent’s fixed – and increasingly mobile – assets in the Western Pacific theater at risk. The chapter will review and discuss these developments, the US AirSea Battle Concept (ASBC) and alternative responses to the A2/AD challenges and explains the potential risks of miscalculation and escalation. It argues for greater US–China military dialogue and the introduction of crisis management mechanisms in order to prevent major escalation and open confrontation between the region’s two great powers.

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