China Leadership Monitor

Chinese Views on the U.S. National Security and National Defense Strategies

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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The Trump administration’s recent U.S. National Security and National Defense Strategies have drawn strong criticisms from the Chinese and have increased tensions in the U.S.-China relationship. Both authoritative and non-authoritative sources repeatedly and often bluntly argue that the two documents’ negative statements toward China reflect the United States’ hostile “Cold War mentality” and “zero-sum game paranoia” and ignore Beijing’s supposedly cooperative, win-win approach and peaceful intentions. Although thus often propagandistic, Chinese sources also point out the inconsistent, contradictory, and hypocritical contents of the documents. And despite such criticisms, many Chinese sources express hope for future U.S.-China cooperation to avoid future conflict and address common global challenges.

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Chinese Views on the U.S. National Security and National Defense Strategies