Burning Issues: What Our China Policy Should Be

Be wary of rhetoric coming from Pentagon leaders championing an escalation of military pressure against China, says Lawrence Korb, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, in this Burning Issues video.

“There are a couple of reasons people inflate the threat from China,” Korb says. One is to justify Pentagon spending increases, he says. The second reason is impatience: When we face a problem such as China’s perceived competition with and encroachment upon U.S. interests abroad, “we want to solve it; we don’t like to take time and deal with it incrementally.”

President Obama’s policy of “strategic patience” is the right approach, Korb says.

In reality, China is not an expansionist power, but the U.S. taking such actions as spending huge sums on modernizing its nuclear weapons would encourage China to do the same, he says.

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