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Strong Borders, Secure Nation: Cooperation and Conflict in China's Territorial Disputes
     

Strong Borders, Secure Nation: Cooperation and Conflict in China's Territorial Disputes

by M. Taylor Fravel
 

ISBN-10: 0691136092

ISBN-13: 9780691136097

Pub. Date: 08/25/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

As China emerges as an international economic and military power, the world waits to see how the nation will assert itself globally. Yet, as M. Taylor Fravel shows in Strong Borders, Secure Nation, concerns that China might be prone to violent conflict over territory are overstated. The first comprehensive study of China's territorial disputes, Strong

Overview

As China emerges as an international economic and military power, the world waits to see how the nation will assert itself globally. Yet, as M. Taylor Fravel shows in Strong Borders, Secure Nation, concerns that China might be prone to violent conflict over territory are overstated. The first comprehensive study of China's territorial disputes, Strong Borders, Secure Nation contends that China over the past sixty years has been more likely to compromise in these conflicts with its Asian neighbors and less likely to use force than many scholars or analysts might expect.

By developing theories of cooperation and escalation in territorial disputes, Fravel explains China's willingness to either compromise or use force. When faced with internal threats to regime security, especially ethnic rebellion, China has been willing to offer concessions in exchange for assistance that strengthens the state's control over its territory and people. By contrast, China has used force to halt or reverse decline in its bargaining power in disputes with its militarily most powerful neighbors or in disputes where it has controlled none of the land being contested. Drawing on a rich array of previously unexamined Chinese language sources, Strong Borders, Secure Nation offers a compelling account of China's foreign policy on one of the most volatile issues in international relations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691136097
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/25/2008
Series:
Princeton Studies in International History and Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations ix
List of Tables xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Abbreviations xv
INTRODUCTION 1
CHAPTER ONE: Cooperation and Escalation in Territorial Disputes 10
CHAPTER TWO: Cooperation in Frontier Disputes in the 1960s 70
CHAPTER THREE: Cooperation in Frontier Disputes in the 1990s 126
CHAPTER FOUR: Escalation in Frontier Disputes 173
CHAPTER FIVE:Homeland Disputes 220
CHAPTER SIX: Offshore Island Disputes 267
CONCLUSION 300
APPENDIX: Overview of China's Territorial Disputes 321
Bibliography 335
Index 363

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