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2011/1 (No 140)

  • Pages : 178
  • ISBN : 9782707167705
  • DOI : 10.3917/her.140.0103
  • Publisher : La Découverte

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The year 2010 was marked by a reemergence of the Chinese issue in US military discussions. This trend is less a shift in US defense policies than a reaffirmation of its core principles. Indeed, beyond the theoretical and historical determinations of the US position, it is possible to map precisely the US strategic community’s current perception of China’s rise at the regional level in the Pacific Ocean and at the local level in the Taiwan Strait. As a result, US experts have formulated a large number of scenarios for military decision makers. Even though these narratives of a Sino-American conflict are leading to significant shifts in the US military posture (particularly for the US Air Force and US Navy), they suffer from several analytical pitfalls and, moreover, reveal signs of a missile gap syndrome in the US defense planning community.


  1. The Foundations of the “Chinese Threat” in American Military Thinking
    1. The “Realist” Theory of China’s Military Development
    2. The Weight of History in the Pentagon’s Portrayal of Sino-American Relations
  2. Drawing the Map of the Chinese Threat
    1. From the Pacific Zone to the Taiwan Strait, Theater of the Concentration of Forces
    2. The Rebirth of Scenarios for Conflict in the Taiwan Strait
  3. The Implications of the American Military “Dogma” on China
    1. The Politico-Military Implications: A History of AirSea Battle
    2. The Pitfalls of American Portrayals of the Chinese Threat

To cite this article

Jean-Loup Samaan, “ Une géographie américaine de la menace chinoise ”, Hérodote 1/2011 (n° 140) , p. 103-122
URL : www.cairn.info/revue-herodote-2011-1-page-103.htm.
DOI : 10.3917/her.140.0103.

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