Catching Up: China’s Developing Military Power

Author
Ian Williams
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
Abstract
For decades, China has engaged in a fervent game of “catch-up” with U.S. military capabilities. This effort, which has ballooned China’s defense spending to 620 percent of its 1990 level, is beginning to bear real fruit. While still far from achieving military parity, China’s military technology and doctrine are quickly coalescing into a coherent form of warfare, tailored to overpowering the U.S. military in a short, sharp conflict in the Eastern Pacific. This strategy of “informationized” warfare focuses first on eroding U.S. situational awareness, communications, and precision targeting capabilities.
Topic
Security, Science and Technology, Military Affairs, Weapons , Military Spending, Conflict, Surveillance
Political Geography
China, Asia, North America, United States of America