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Deterrence key to curbing China, report says

SHIFTING:The report by RAND Corp said a US direct defense of Taiwan against China was already a challenge and would become harder as Beijing’s capabilities increased

By J. Michael Cole  /  Staff Reporter

A parallel effort should be made to draw China into cooperative security endeavors, it says.

In the end, the economic consequences of a Sino-American conflict could be historically unparalleled, even if both sides avoid economic warfare, they write, adding that this acts as “a powerful mutual deterrent, one marginally in the American favor at present.”

“Strengthening the US economy is the best way of ensuring that the balance of interdependence and of the associated deterrence does not shift dangerously against the United States over the next several decades,” the paper says.

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