Projecting Strategy: The Myth of Chinese Counter-intervention

M. Taylor Fravel, Christopher P. Twomey
Content Type
Journal Article
The Washington Quarterly
Issue Number
Publication Date
Winter 2015
Center for Strategic and International Studies
In analyses of China's military modernization, it has become increasingly common to describe China as pursuing a “counter-intervention” strategy in East Asia. Such a strategy aims to push the United States away from China's littoral, forestalling the United States' ability to intervene in a conflict over Taiwan or in disputes in the East and South China Seas. Moreover, such a military strategy is consistent with a purported broader Chinese goal to displace the United States from its traditional regional role, including Washington's support for global norms such as freedom of navigation in Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and partnerships with long-standing treaty allies.
Political Geography
United States, China, Washington