Strategic Culture: What Chinese Actions Say about the Current U.S.-Sino Relationships

Date of Graduation

Spring 2007


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

Bradley Thayer


For the United States, the reemergence of China as a global player brings with it the chance for unprecedented new opportunities, but at the same time also holds the potential for conflict on the same order as the Cold War with the Soviet Union. With these stakes, and the potential threat to American security, it is crucial to try and understand Chinese intentions. This thesis will argue that analysis of current Chinese actions support the assertion that Chinese are deliberately hostile towards the United States. By first examining key strategic thinkers and doctrine, the thesis will highlight key elements of Chinese strategic culture. Then b.y analyzing current Chinese actions, the thesis will attempt to gain insight into Chinese intentions by comparing these actions to the strategic culture.


China, strategic culture, military theory, U.S.-Sino relations, international conflict

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


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