Date of Award

Spring 6-2021

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of arts (BA)


Healthcare Leadership

First Advisor

Etga Ugur


The purpose of this paper is to examine the rising tensions and potential for conflict between China and the US through the lens of the realist theory of international relations. This paper will begin by explaining the theoretical framework, after which it will discuss how China appears to be pushing for regional hegemony by showing a change in military power, economic clout, and political pressure within the East Asia region and globally. Finally, this paper will recommend ways in which the US and its allies can restrict the rise of China while preventing generalized conflict. These recommendations center around managing the possible invasion of Taiwan, reducing the impact of the Belt and Road Initiative, and improving relations with existing allies in the region, specifically Japan, in order to ensure a unified response should the need arise.