balance (something) against (something else)

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balance (something) against (something else)

To compare two things, typically one that is positive and one that is negative, often in order to make a decision. You need to balance the long commute against how much you like the job.
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balance (something) against (something else)

to consider one thing in reference to another; to weigh one possibility against another possibility. We will have to balance all the good he did against all the bad. The good will be balanced against the bad in the final reckoning.
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balance against

v.
To consider the value of something in relation to another thing: To be fair, we must balance the problems in this plan against its possible benefits.
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These partnerships might be shams, but they should have been discussed in terms of the "balancing against China" focus of the book.
There is, in other words, too little discussion of motivation for the actions of a number of countries and a blanket assumption that military expenditure and military relationships with countries other than China are examples of balancing against Beijing.
The discussion of balancing does not contrast it with bandwagoning--as normally seen in similar theoretical discussions--but rather places balancing against engagement on a spectrum from alliance at one end of the scale to conflict at the other end.