The Caucus Papers
China is on the rise, and they are allocating great amounts of resources to learn as much as they can about the United States. Do we know enough about them?

China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress
Congressional Research Service, April 8, 2011
The question of how the United States should respond to China's military modernization effort, including its naval modernization effort, has emerged as a key issue in U.S. defense planning. Decisions that Congress and the executive branch make regarding U.S. Navy programs for countering improved Chinese maritime military capabilities could affect the likelihood or possible outcome of a potential U.S.-Chinese military conflict in the Pacific over Taiwan or some other issue.

AirSea Battle: A Point-of-Departure Operational Concept Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, May 18, 2010
The U.S. military today faces an emerging major operational challenge, particularly in the Western Pacific Theater of Operations.  The Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s ongoing efforts to field robust anti-access/area-denial capabilities are threatening to make U.S. power projection increasingly risky and, in some cases and contexts, prohibitively costly.

U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission 2010 Report to Congress
U.C.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, November 2010
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s 2010 Annual Report to Congress presents the Commission’s analysis of the U.S.-Sino relationship in several key areas.  These areas include China’s proliferation practices, the nature of economic transfers of U.S. production activities to China, China’s record of compliance with the World Trade Organization, and China’s regional economic and security impacts.

Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China
Office of the Secretary of Defense, 2010
Formerly titled the Annual Report to Congress: Military Power of the People’s Republic of China, this report is required annually by law pursuant to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2010.  

Shaking Heavens and Splitting Earth: Chinese Air Force Employment Concepts in the 21st Century
RAND Corporation, 2011
Less than a decade ago, China's air force was an antiquated service equipped almost exclusively with weapons based on 1950s-era Soviet designs and operated by personnel with questionable training according to outdated employment concepts. Today, the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) appears to be on its way to becoming a modern, highly capable air force for the 21st century.  

Pacific Currents: The Responses of U.S. Allies and Security Partners in East Asia to China’s Rise
RAND Corporation, 2008
China's economic, military, and diplomatic power has been on the rise, and many worry that it is nudging aside U.S. influence in the Asia-Pacific region. To explore this issue, the authors examined six specific U.S. allies and partners — Australia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. From extensive in-country interviews, trade and poll data, etc., they examined the responses in each nation to China's rise and assessed the implications for U.S. regional security interests.  
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