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Overview

China's rapid military and economic growth has fuelled a steady stream of analysis and debate about the PRC's motivations and objectives regarding the United States. Yet until now, there has not been a sustained, single-authored assessment in English of China's expanding influence in Asia in the post-Cold War period. Respected analyst Robert G. Sutter draws on his extensive experience in the region to explore the current debate on China's rise and its meaning for U.S. interests by examining in detail China's current and historical relations with the key countries of Asia. He finds a range of motivations underlying China's recent initiatives. Some incline Chinese policy to be cooperative with the United States, others to be competitive and confrontational. Sutter's nuanced study shows that U.S. power and influence continue to dominate Asia and play a critical role in determining China's cooperative or confrontational approach. He argues that the Bush administration's policies of firmness and cooperation have encouraged China to stay on a generally constructive track in the region.

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Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
Sutter... skillfully weaves together recent history, current events, and future projections of Asian developments. He is particularly sensitive to how China's 'rise to great-power status' will affect U.S.-China relations.
Taiwan Business Topics
China's Rise in Asia is a...well-reasoned and balanced assessment of the most pervasive security challenge of our times, not only for the United States but for the whole Asian region.
— Richard Halloran
Choice
[Sutter] carefully looks at the policy alternatives available to both nations and considers various views and interpretations of government officials, academics, and journalists in both the US and China. He looks at Chinese policies around its periphery, concentrating on Japan, Southeast Asia, and Russia. His conclusions, based on thorough and careful study, are cautious….He carefully balances various points of view and clearly identifies his own perspectives within the spectrums he presents.
Parameters
This is a carefully researched, well reasoned, and balanced assessment of the most pervasive security challenge of our times, the emergence of China as a political, economic, and military power.
The China Journal
Sutter deserves to be commended for embarking upon this ambitious project, and one that addresses such a timely subject. His study is likely to be useful to undergraduate and postgraduate students of Asian Studies, International Relations and Strategic Studies, as well as to journalists, scholars, and policymakers alike from a broad range of Asia-Pacific countries.
— Brendan Taylor, The Australian National University
Journal of Asian Studies
A comprehensive review of China's rise in the Asia-Pacific region and a nuanced assessment of its possible impact on the U.S. . . . Based on the author's exhaustive research, this book offers a great deal of information on China's new diplomacy in the Asia Pacific region and its possible impact on American interests. It is especially valuable becasue it examines the contending perspectives on the rise of China in each of the major contries in the region. Readers will surely find it a most inforamtive and insightful treatment of the subject.
Asian Affairs
Robert Sutter has drawn on his broad academic and government experience to write a comprehensive and detailed account of China's Asia policy and activities since the end of the Cold War, and their implications for the USA.
Taiwan Business Topics - Richard Halloran
China's Rise in Asia is a...well-reasoned and balanced assessment of the most pervasive security challenge of our times, not only for the United States but for the whole Asian region.
CHOICE
[Sutter] carefully looks at the policy alternatives available to both nations and considers various views and interpretations of government officials, academics, and journalists in both the US and China. He looks at Chinese policies around its periphery, concentrating on Japan, Southeast Asia, and Russia. His conclusions, based on thorough and careful study, are cautious….He carefully balances various points of view and clearly identifies his own perspectives within the spectrums he presents.
Robert M. Hathaway
No one will accuse [Sutter] of naiveté about Beijing’s long-range intentions. And that shrewdness is the great virtue of this entirely laudable book.
Yong Deng
This timely book provides a uniquely knowledgeable overview with the author's rare combination of impressive scholarship, extensive policy experience, and focused interviews in all major Asian countries. The book's balanced, comprehensive analysis makes a significant contribution to the ongoing debate over the implications of China's rise in Asia and beyond.
The China Journal - Brendan Taylor
Sutter deserves to be commended for embarking upon this ambitious project, and one that addresses such a timely subject. His study is likely to be useful to undergraduate and postgraduate students of Asian Studies, International Relations and Strategic Studies, as well as to journalists, scholars, and policymakers alike from a broad range of Asia-Pacific countries.
Journal of Asian Studies - Hongying Wang
Written by a veteran analyst of Chinese affairs who has been a voice of reason in the often frantic debate over China and U.S.-China relations, this book offers a comprehensive review of China's rise in the Aisa-Pacific region and a nuanced assessment of its possible impact on the U.S. . . . [A] most informative and insightful treatment of the subject.
Journal Of Asian Studies
A comprehensive review of China's rise in the Asia-Pacific region and a nuanced assessment of its possible impact on the U.S. . . . Based on the author's exhaustive research, this book offers a great deal of information on China's new diplomacy in the Asia Pacific region and its possible impact on American interests. It is especially valuable becasue it examines the contending perspectives on the rise of China in each of the major contries in the region. Readers will surely find it a most inforamtive and insightful treatment of the subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742539068
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/15/2005
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert G. Sutter was an analyst of Asian and Pacific affairs and American foreign policy for the U.S. government for over thirty years. He is now professor of practice in international affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Salient Determinants of China's Recent Approach to Asia and its Implications for the United States Chapter 2 Recent Chinese Domestic and Foreign Policies and Priorities Chapter 3 China's Relations with the United States Chapter 4 China's Relations with Russia Chapter 5 Relations with Japan Chapter 6 Relations with the Korean Peninsula Chapter 7 China-Southeast Asia Relations Chapter 8 Relations with Taiwan Chapter 9 Relations with South Asia Chapter 10 Relations with Central Asia Chapter 11 Conclusion: China's Peaceful Approach to Asia and its Implications for the United States

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