China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia

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"David C. Kang believes certain preferences and beliefs are responsible for maintaining stability in East Asia. Kang's research shows how East Asian states have grown closer to China, with little evidence that the region is rupturing. Rising powers present opportunities as well as threats, and the economic benefits and military threat China poses for its regional neighbors are both potentially huge; however, East Asian states see substantially more advantage than danger in China's rise, making the region more stable, not less. Furthermore,

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"David C. Kang believes certain preferences and beliefs are responsible for maintaining stability in East Asia. Kang's research shows how East Asian states have grown closer to China, with little evidence that the region is rupturing. Rising powers present opportunities as well as threats, and the economic benefits and military threat China poses for its regional neighbors are both potentially huge; however, East Asian states see substantially more advantage than danger in China's rise, making the region more stable, not less. Furthermore, although East Asian states do not unequivocally welcome China in all areas, they are willing to defer judgment regarding what China wants and what its role in East Asia will become. They believe that a strong China stabilizes East Asia, while a weak China tempts other states to try to control the region." Many scholars downplay the role of ideas and suggest that a rising China will be a destabilizing force in the region, but Kang's argument reveals the flaws in contemporary views of China and the international relations of East Asia and offers a new understanding of the importance of sound U.S. policy in the region.

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Editorial Reviews

Times Higher Education Supplement - Steve Tsang
[A] provocative book.
Globe & Mail - Charles Burton
[Kang] provocatively contends that China's aspirational rise will make the East Asian region more stable.
Political Science Quarterly - Andrew Scobell
A refreshing read... should be required reading for everyone concerned about the rise of China or East Asian international relations.
Far Eastern Economic Review - John Frankenstein
Any serious student of Asia will find China Rising challenging, and will give that reader a good deal to consider—and perhaps rethink.
Pacific Affairs - Robert E. Bedeski
A very useful guide to international relations in the region today.
Korean Studies - Jungmin Seo
China Rising is genuinely exceptional.
East Asia - Stefan Fergus
China Rising offers an alternative approach to international relations in East Asia that ought to stimulate debate.
Times Higher Education Supplement
[A] provocative book.

— Steve Tsang

Globe & Mail
[Kang] provocatively contends that China's aspirational rise will make the East Asian region more stable.

— Charles Burton

Political Science Quarterly
A refreshing read... should be required reading for everyone concerned about the rise of China or East Asian international relations.

— Andrew Scobell, Texas A&M University

Far Eastern Economic Review
Any serious student of Asia will find China Rising challenging, and will give that reader a good deal to consider—and perhaps rethink.

— John Frankenstein

CHOICE
Clearly written and cogently argued, this book is essential reading for all audiences.
Pacific Affairs
A very useful guide to international relations in the region today.

— Robert E. Bedeski

Military Review
A refreshing, persuasive, and provocative book.
Korean Studies
China Rising is genuinely exceptional.

— Jungmin Seo

East Asia
China Rising offers an alternative approach to international relations in East Asia that ought to stimulate debate.

— Stefan Fergus

Choice
Clearly written and cogently argued, this book is essential reading for all audiences.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231141888
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/13/2007
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David C. Kang is a professor of international relations and business at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines and, with Victor Cha, Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies. He is a regular media commentator, and has published opinion pieces in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Kang is also a frequent consultant to both multinational corporations and U.S. government agencies, including the CIA, National Intelligence Council, and State Department.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments

Pt. I The Puzzle and the Argument 1

1 The Puzzle and China's Amazing Rise 3

2 Power, Interests, and Identity in East Asian International Relations, 1300 to 1900 18

3 Describing East Asia: Alignment Strategies Toward China 50

Pt. II East Asia Responds to China 77

4 China: Identity, Sovereignty, and Taiwan 79

5 South Korea: Embracing Interdependence in Search of Security 104

6 Southeast Asia: Accommodating China's Rise 126

7 Japan: A Normal Identity 153

Pt. III East Asia and the United States 183

8 The Role of the United States in East Asia 185

9 Conclusions and Implications 197

Notes 205

Selected Bibliography 253

Index 263

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