The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) today delivered an independent assessment—Rising to the China Challenge: Renewing American Competitiveness in the Indo-Pacific—to the Department of Defense. The study, which was mandated by the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, takes a comprehensive approach to long-term competition with China. It offers principles for U.S. strategy in the Indo-Pacific and nearly 100 specific, actionable policy recommendations across seven critical vectors of American competitiveness:
- Sustaining Conventional Military Deterrence
- Securing Vital U.S. Technological Advantages
- Bolstering U.S. Economic Power and Leadership
- Strengthening American Diplomacy
- Competing Over Ideology and Narrative
- Promoting Digital Freedom and Countering High-Tech Illiberalism
- Cultivating the Talent to Compete with China
“At a fundamental level, the China challenge is about us—it’s about renewing American competitiveness,” said CNAS Executive Vice President and Director of Studies Ely Ratner. “This requires a comprehensive strategy that bolsters U.S. advantages in economics, technology, diplomacy, defense, ideology, human capital, and more. This study represents an intensive, bipartisan collaboration among over a dozen senior CNAS experts across several research programs.”
Richard Fontaine, CNAS Chief Executive Officer, added: “This study constitutes the most comprehensive and detailed set of recommendations to date for strengthening American competitiveness and advancing U.S. strategy in the Indo-Pacific. We look forward to releasing a public version of it in early 2020.”
Following analysis at the Department of Defense, the report will be transmitted to the Committees on Armed Services and Foreign Affairs/Relations in both chambers of Congress.
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