Restraining China: Limits and potential of US alliances

Antonio José Pagán Sánchez

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The system of alliances is the only element of US power that has not diminished in relative terms throughout the past decades of China's rise. The gap has narrowed between the hegemonic power and the rising power in the economic, technological, and military fields. However, the recent attempts of the United States to use it to counter Chinás growing international influence have yielded mixed results. This article contends the United States is more successful in shaping the responses of its allies when it employs proactive strategies rather than passive responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-109
Number of pages18
Issue number1
Early online date4 Dec 2023
StatePublished - Jan 2024
Externally publishedYes

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  • China
  • United States
  • International alliances
  • Foreign policy
  • Economic power
  • Military power
  • International influence


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