China's Search for Security
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China's Search for Security

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Andrew J. Nathan
589 g
231x154x20 mm
A fresh and new approach and beyond doubt the best book available on China's foreign policy. -- Michael Yahuda, George Washington University
AbbreviationsIntroductionPart I. Interest and Identity in Chinese Foreign Policy1. What Drives Chinese Foreign Policy?2. Who Runs Chinese Foreign Policy?Part II. Security Challenges and Strategies3. Life on the Hinge: China's Russia Policy During the Cold War and After4. Deciphering the U.S. Threat5. The Northeast Asia Regional System: Japan and the Two Koreas6. China's Other Neighbors: The Asia-Pacific7. China in the Fourth RingPart III. Holding Together: Territorial Integrity and Foreign Policy8. Problems of Stateness: Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Taiwan9. Taiwan's Democratic Transition and China's ResponsePart IV. Instruments of Power10. Dilemmas of Opening: Power and Vulnerability in the Global Economy11. Military Modernization: From People's War to Power Projection12. Soft Power and Human Rights in Chinese Foreign PolicyPart V. Conclusion13. Threat or Equilibrium?NotesAcknowledgmentsIndex
Despite its impressive size and population, economic vitality, and drive to upgrade its military, China remains a vulnerable nation surrounded by powerful rivals and potential foes. Understanding Chinas foreign policy means fully appreciating these geostrategic challenges, which persist even as the country gains increasing influence over its neighbors. Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell analyze Chinas 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 a new perspective on the countrys rise and a strategy for balancing Chinese and American interests in Asia.