EVALUATING CHINA’S PATTERNS OF RESPONSE TO U.S. ARMS SALES IN EAST ASIA
Doyle, Carson V
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This research study looks at Chinese responses to U.S. foreign military sales in East Asia over the time period of 2010-2019. Over the past decade, China has demonstrated an increased willingness to respond and counter U.S. arms sales to Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. This research study leverages a methodology of coding case studies of significant U.S. arms sales over the past decade to identify patterns and trends within China’s repertoire of responses to arms sales it deems as detrimental to its security objectives. Moving beyond simple diplomatic protests and formal complaints, this research demonstrates that China is now using an increasingly broad range of diplomatic, military, and economic tools to express their discontent with the U.S. and neighboring states who purchase major American weapons platforms. This research study offers a framework for evaluating the Chinese government’s response playbook to better understand emerging trends and new patterns of behavior relating to Chinese reactions to foreign military sales in East Asia.