By Andrew J. Nathan
Despite its remarkable measurement and inhabitants, financial energy, and force to improve its army, China is still a weak kingdom surrounded via strong opponents and strength foes. knowing China's international coverage potential absolutely appreciating those geostrategic demanding situations, which persist whilst the rustic profits expanding impression over its associates. Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell study China's safety issues on 4 fronts: at domestic, with its quick acquaintances, in surrounding neighborhood platforms, and on the planet past Asia. by means of illuminating the problems riding chinese language coverage, they give a brand new point of view at the country's upward thrust and a technique for balancing chinese language and American pursuits in Asia.
Though rooted within the current, Nathan and Scobell's examine makes plentiful use of the previous, attaining again into background to light up the folks and associations shaping chinese language procedure this present day. in addition they study chinese language perspectives of the us; clarify why China is so taken with Japan; and discover China's pursuits in such problematical nations as North Korea, Iran, and the Sudan. The authors probe fresh problems in Tibet and Xinjiang and discover their hyperlinks to forces past China's borders. they give thought to the strategies deployed through mainland China and Taiwan, as Taiwan seeks to keep up autonomy within the face of chinese language advances towards unification. They evaluation the strengths and weaknesses of China's 3 major energy assets -- monetary energy, army energy, and gentle energy.
The authors finish with techniques for the us because it seeks to control China's upward thrust. chinese language policymakers take into account that their nation's prosperity, balance, and defense depend upon cooperation with the us. If dealt with properly, the authors think, relatives among the 2 international locations can produce together invaluable results for either Asia and the world.
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The inland border regions are mountainous and cold, difficult to garrison and defend, and open to subversion by outside powers who might appeal to the resident ethnic minorities. , Russia, Japan, and India, China’s defenders do not benefit from the presence of buffer states on most of the likely invasion routes. , South Korea, India, Russia, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Even though relations have improved greatly with each, in the long view all remain potential military rivals. The armies of these seven states rank in the top twenty-five of world armies by size.
In 1997, it was a vulnerable country, fielding a foreign policy that was mainly defensive and aimed at preventing domestic instability, avoiding the loss of historically held territories such as Taiwan and Tibet, and reconstructing strained relations with potentially threatening powerful neighbors such as Japan, Russia, and India. It had no major interests or significant means of influence in parts of the world beyond its immediate periphery. It was not an actor of consequence in Europe, North or South America, Africa, or the Middle East.
II. Title. 033551—dc23 2012009156 Cover images: Alamy Cover design: Lisa Hamm Book Design: Lisa Hamm Frontispiece: China and Its Neighbors A Columbia University Press E-book. edu. References to Internet Web sites (URLs) were accurate at the time of writing. Neither the authors nor Columbia University Press are responsible for URLs that may have expired or changed since the manuscript was prepared. Dedicated to the memory of our fathers Paul S Nathan, 1913–2009 Charles L. Scobell, 1926–2009 CONTENTS Abbreviations Introduction PART I INTEREST AND IDENTITY IN CHINESE FOREIGN POLICY 1.