Geopolitical Tussles Between US and China

& Implications for Singapore

PART 1: EVOLUTION OF US' GEOPOLITICS

      1.1  From Isolationism to Regionalism & Imperialism (Manifest Destiny & Mahanism)

      1.2  The Two World Wars & Cold War (Heartland Theory & Rimland Theory)

      1.3  Integration of Europe & Implosion of Soviet Union

      1.4  The Rise of Neoconservatism

      1.5  9/11 & Bush's Unilateralism (Bernard Lewis’ “Clash of Civilization” Thesis)

      1.6  Obama's Pivot to Asia & Trump's Isolationism

      1.7  US in Decline - Perils of Elitism & Vested Interests 

PART 2: CHINA'S REGIONAL CONFLICTS

      2.1  China's Century of Semi-colonization & Humiliation

      2.2  History of China-Japan Relations

      2.3  The East China Sea Conflict

      2.4  The South China Sea Conflict

PART 3: GEOPOLITICAL TUSSLES BETWEEN CHINA & THE US

      3.1  Asian Countries' Hedging Strategy & US' Pivot to Asia (Pending)

      3.2  The Undercurrent in US' Pivot to Asia: Preserving Dollar Hegemony

      3.3  China's Response to US Pivot to Asia

      3.4  Emergence of China as a Sea-Power Nation

      3.5  China as a Mahanian Hegemonic Sea Power? (Pending)

PART 4: Modernization of China's Military

      4.1  US' Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA)

      4.2  Xi's RMA & New Goals for People's Liberation Army (PLA)

      4.3  Modernization of PLA Navy (PLAN) I - Surface Combatants (Warships)

      4.4  Modernization of PLA Navy (PLAN) II - Submarines

      4.5  Modernization of PLA Air Force (PLAAF)

      4.6  Modernization of PLA Rocket Forces (PLARF)

      4.7  Developing Space Capabilities - The Final Frontier & US' Achilles Heel (Pending)

      4.8 The New Strategic Support Force (Pending)

PART 5: US' Responses to China's RMA

      5.1  AirSea Battle & JAM-GC Concepts

      5.2  US Military - In Search of the Third Offset

      5.3  How will the US-China Rivalry Play Out?