So much for last month's U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, which has left U.S. security analysts convinced the United States is getting nowhere with China. This was evident as President Obama expressed concern about China's increasingly troublesome cyber and maritime behavior.
Recent events and lingering ambiguities surrounding the extent of China's military power, intentions and preparedness for conflict should implore the United States to devise a long-term strategy in the Pacific that synthesizes arms buildups with expanded economic investment and alliance consolidation.
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That is certainly the takeaway from the recent news cycle, which has identified an increase in Chinese military spending at the People's Congress and a decline in U.S. military spending due to the "sequester." But what are the broader trends and implications of these shifts in military resource allocation?