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Despite its impressive size and population, economic vitality, and drive to upgrade its military capabilities, China remains a vulnerable nation surrounded by powerful rivals and potential foes. The key to understanding China's foreign policy is to grasp these geostrategic challenges, which persist even as the country comes to dominate its neighbors. Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell analyze China's security concerns on four fronts: at home, with its immediate neighbors, in surrounding regional systems, and in the world beyond Asia. By illuminating the issues driving Chinese policy, they offer new perspective on China's rise and a strategy for balancing Chinese and American interests in Asia.

Though rooted in the present, Nathan and Scobell's study makes ample use of the past, reaching back into history to contextualize the people and institutions shaping Chinese strategy. They examine Chinese views of the United States; explain why China is so concerned about Japan; and uncover China's interests in such trouble spots as North Korea, Iran, and the Sudan. The authors probe recent troubles in Tibet and Xinjiang and establish links to forces beyond China's borders. They consider the tactics deployed by both sides of mainland China and Taiwan's complicated relationship, as Taiwan seeks to maintain autonomy while China tries to move toward unification, and they evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of China's three main power resources — economic power, military power, and soft power. The book concludes with recommendations for the United States as it seeks to manage China's rise. Chinese policymakers understand that the nation's prosperity, stability, and security depend on cooperation with the U.S, and if handled wisely, relations between the two countries could produce mutually beneficial outcomes in Asia and throughout the world.

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"A fretful — but not too fretful — colossus takes the world stage in this thoughtful, tepid study of China's foreign relations. Political scientists Nathan (Chinese Democracy) and Scobell (China's Use of Military Force) survey the threats and quandaries the Chinese government perceives: a crazy ally in North Korea; squabbles with neighbors over oil and gas deposits in the South China Sea; competing territorial claims on the Indian border; restive minorities in Tibet and Xinjiang province; uncertain access to vital overseas resources and sea lanes; the eternal turf battle with Taiwan; a United States that patrols China's coasts and rings it with bases. Fortunately, these insecurities seem to have produced a fairly unobjectionable Chinese 'strategy of trying to stabilize its borders and reassure its neighbors.' The authors' realist take on international affairs produces a lucid, readable, well-judged, rather dry analysis of China's concerns and the domestic and external pressures that drive its policymaking. They briefly entertain scenarios of instability and conflict, but their tone is reassuring; as it builds its economy — and the globe's — China's ambitions will stay restrained and broadly compatible with those of America and the international community. This measured assessment shows that, compared with Mao's era of apocalyptic paranoia, China and the world have become safer, duller places." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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ISBN:
9780231140508
Author:
Nathan, Andrew J.
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A fretful — but not too fretful — colossus takes the world stage in this thoughtful, tepid study of China's foreign relations. Political scientists Nathan (Chinese Democracy) and Scobell (China's Use of Military Force) survey the threats and quandaries the Chinese government perceives: a crazy ally in North Korea; squabbles with neighbors over oil and gas deposits in the South China Sea; competing territorial claims on the Indian border; restive minorities in Tibet and Xinjiang province; uncertain access to vital overseas resources and sea lanes; the eternal turf battle with Taiwan; a United States that patrols China's coasts and rings it with bases. Fortunately, these insecurities seem to have produced a fairly unobjectionable Chinese 'strategy of trying to stabilize its borders and reassure its neighbors.' The authors' realist take on international affairs produces a lucid, readable, well-judged, rather dry analysis of China's concerns and the domestic and external pressures that drive its policymaking. They briefly entertain scenarios of instability and conflict, but their tone is reassuring; as it builds its economy — and the globe's — China's ambitions will stay restrained and broadly compatible with those of America and the international community. This measured assessment shows that, compared with Mao's era of apocalyptic paranoia, China and the world have become safer, duller places." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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