The Imitation Game: Why Don't Rising Powers Innovate Their Militaries More?

  title={The Imitation Game: Why Don't Rising Powers Innovate Their Militaries More?},
  author={Yu-Ming Liou and Paul Musgrave and Jan Daniel},
  journal={The Washington Quarterly},
  pages={157 - 174}
For decades, China has been countering U.S. naval strengths with asymmetric capabilities, not by matching them. Yet, China is now building aircraft carriers. Why? It is not a sign of strength but rather history is replete with examples, including two from the Cold War, of weaker states imitating more advanced rivals rather than pursuing their own “disruptive” innovations. 
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