In the most likely scenario, a high-intensity conflict between the United States and China would be confined to conventional weapons, owing to Beijing’s desire to avoid nuclear escalation. To protect the global security order and the tenuous balance of power on the world stage, the United States and its allies must craft a strategy to deny China this conventional first-strike option.
"U.S. Conventional Access Strategy: Denying China a Conventional First-Strike Capability,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 72:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol72/iss2/5