Interpreting China's Grand Strategy: Past, Present, and Future [NOOK Book]

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China's continuing rapid economic growth and expanding involvement in global affairs pose major implications for the power structure of the international system. To more accurately and fully assess the significance of China's emergence for the United States and the global community, it is necessary to gain a more complete understanding of Chinese security thought and behavior. This study addresses such questions as: What are China's most fundamental national security objectives? How has the Chinese state ...
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Overview


China's continuing rapid economic growth and expanding involvement in global affairs pose major implications for the power structure of the international system. To more accurately and fully assess the significance of China's emergence for the United States and the global community, it is necessary to gain a more complete understanding of Chinese security thought and behavior. This study addresses such questions as: What are China's most fundamental national security objectives? How has the Chinese state employed force and diplomacy in the pursuit of these objectives over the centuries? What security strategy does China pursue today and how will it evolve in the future? The study asserts that Chinese history, the behavior of earlier rising powers, and the basic structure and logic of international power relations all suggest that, although a strong China will likely become more assertive globally, this possibility is unlikely to emerge before 2015-2020 at the earliest. To handle this situation, the study argues that the United States should adopt a policy of realistic engagement with China that combines efforts to pursue cooperation whenever possible; to prevent, if necessary, the acquisition by China of capabilities that would threaten America's core national security interests; and to remain prepared to cope with the consequences of a more assertive China.
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Editorial Reviews

China Quarterly
This is an impressive work....an excellent introduction to China's past as precedent to present and prospective foreign policies.
Contemporary Southeast Asia
Swaine and Tellis undoubtedly make a major contribution to our understanding of China's current strategic behavior.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833048301
  • Publisher: RAND Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/22/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

Chapter One: China as a National Security Concern

Chapter Two: China's Security Problem

Chapter Three: The Historical Context
Border Defense and Periphery Control
Fluctuations in Periphery Control and Regime Boundaries
The Use of Force
The Use of Noncoercive Security Strategies
The Influence of Domestic Leadership Politics

Chapter Four: China's Current Security Strategy: Features and Implications
Factors Shaping China's Calculative Security Strategy
The Major Guiding Tenets and Policies of China's Calculative Security Strategy
Benefits and Risks

Chapter Five: China Faces the Future: The Far Term
Assessing the "Natural" Longevity of the Calculative Strategy
Beyond the Calculative Strategy

Chapter Six: Conclusions

Bibliography

Index
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