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China's Search for Security by [Nathan, Andrew J., Scobell, Andrew]
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There is a tendency in the Western media to depict mainland China as an inscrutable monolith. Political scientists Nathan and Ross, however, put a very different face on China and its leadership. Though at the height of its power and influence, China, the authors argue, sees itself threatened politically, economically, and militarily. It is this fear--and the importance of saving face--that drives Chinese foreign policy, and Nathan and Ross examine how these and related forces have affected China's dealings with nations, from the time of Mao to the present. Particularly enlightening is China's relationship with the former Soviet Union, where the two nations have gone from close allies to antagonistic competitors in under 30 years. The authors' argument that the West fully integrate China into the world community is convincing and pragmatic. A thoughtful examination of what will surely be one of the twenty-first century's great powers. Brian McCombie

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Nathan and Ross issue a needed corrective to some of the more outlandish claims of those who stress the "China threat." ... Nathan and Ross also cut through the arcane debate over the actual size of the Chinese military budget to demonstrate just how severely limited Beijing's current capabilities are.... Actually, the most interesting feature of their argument is not their differences with the hardliners, but their similarities to them. -- The New York Times Book Review, Benjamin Schwarz

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1545 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; 2nd ed. edition (18 September 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009K44H8S
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