Who Authorized Preparations for War with China?

15 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2013 Last revised: 6 Jun 2013

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: June 1, 2013

Abstract

The Pentagon has concluded that the time has come to prepare for war with China, and in a manner well beyond crafting the sort of contingency plans that are expected for wide a range of possible confrontations. It is a momentous conclusion that will shape the United States’ defense systems, force posture, and overall strategy for dealing with the economically and militarily resurgent China. Thus far, however, the military’s assessment of and preparations for the threat posed by China have not received the high level of review from elected civilian officials that such developments require. The start of a second Obama administration provides an opportunity for civilian authorities to live up to their obligations in this matter and to conduct a proper review of the United States’ China strategy and the military’s role in it.

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, Who Authorized Preparations for War with China? (June 1, 2013). Yale Journal of International Affairs, p. 37, Summer 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2273837

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