China and the U.S. Dash Toward Another MAD Arms Race
The foundations of strategic stability in East Asia are crumbling. As the U.S. and China intensify their competition in trade, technology and security, the factors that have previously underpinned regional strategic stability - and made possible the region's economic success - have either been eroded significantly or become key drivers of instability.
Strategic stability, marked principally by cooperative relations among major powers, benign threat assessment and muted competition for military superiority, has prevailed in East Asia during most of the post-Cold War era.