CHINA’S STRATEGIC CULTURE: A PERSPECTIVE FOR THE UNITED STATES

CHINA’S STRATEGIC CULTURE: A PERSPECTIVE FOR THE UNITED STATES

by Kenneth Johnson

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CHINA’S STRATEGIC CULTURE: A PERSPECTIVE FOR THE UNITED STATES by Kenneth Johnson

For the past 2 decades, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has made great gains in national development and economic growth and now stands as one of the most important states on the world scene. It is extremely important for U.S. policymakers to have a contextual understanding of what shapes Chinese thought and behavior thus driving Chinese political, economic, and military imperatives. With much of the American public accepting the “China Threat” theory, it is critical that the United States recognize the role of strategic culture in shaping China’s domestic and external policies. This paper illustrates the key characteristics of Chinese strategic culture—philosophy, history, and domestic factors that, to a remarkable extent, structure the strategic objectives of China’s formal foreign policy and explain how Chinese strategic interests are defined by modern Chinese pragmatic nationalism, its drive for modernization, and the desire for China to have a more prominent role in the Asian and world communities. A concluding analysis of the implications of Chinese strategic culture offer recommendations for U.S. national security policy.

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BN ID: 2940148369875
Publisher: ReadCycle
Publication date: 09/16/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 181 KB

About the Author

KENNETH D. JOHNSON is a colonel in the United States Army, currently assigned as the C/J2X (CI/HUMINT staff officer) for Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I) in Baghdad, Iraq. He has 27 years of service in uniform, including over 20 years in overseas intelligence assignments from the tactical to the strategic level, with most of his experience in Asia. Colonel Johnson’s assignments include multiple tours in Korea, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom (UK), Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Iraq. Some of Colonel Johnson’s previous assignments included Tactical Intelligence Officer serving with both the 2nd Battalion, 72nd Armor and 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry at Camp Casey, Korea; commander of Headquarters Company, 102nd Military Intelligence (MI) Battalion, Camp Hovey, Korea; commander of 3 Company (UK), Allied MI Battalion, Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Assistant U.S. Army Attaché to the United Kingdom, U.S. Embassy London; intelligence staff officer for United States Army Japan; commander of a Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) combined U.S. and Republic of Korea operations detachment in Seoul, Korea; and commander of a DIA detachment in Iraq. His last operational assignment prior to attending the U.S. Army War College was as commander of DIA’s Field Operating Base-Korea (FOB-K), responsible for the planning and execution of overt and sensitive intelligence operations that answered priority intelligence requirements levied by United States Forces Korea (USFK), Pacific Command (PACOM), the Department of Defense, and other national level consumers. Colonel Johnson holds a B.A. degree in political science from California State University-Northridge, a Master of Public Administration, and a Masters of Strategic Studies. Colonel Johnson is a member of the U.S. Army War College Class of 2009.

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