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Issues & Insights Vol. 06 – No. 02

The United States and China are at a critical juncture in their bilateral relationship; each needs to better understand the other’s military capabilities. The most important factors affecting the U.S.-China strategic relationship are, for the U.S., its position at the top of the relative power hierarchy and, for China, its turn from an autarchic ideological system to broad-based international engagement.