Since the end of the Cold War, one of the most significant debates in international relations has been the question of whether the rise of China as a major economic, political and military power will be a force for stability or instability in the international system and the East Asian region. Forceful arguments have been put forward on both sides.
This book examines perceptions of the 'China Threat', and governments' policies in response to the perceived threat in a wide range of countries, including the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, South Asia, South-East Asia and the Middle East, as well as the perceptions of the Chinese themselves. For each country current security concerns and policies, especially the policy of engagement, are examined in detail, and future prospects for relations with China are assessed. As the Bush administration in Washington increasingly focuses on China as a 'strategic competitor' and Sino-US relations becomes increasingly tense, the 'China Threat' issue has come to dominate the security agenda in the Asia-Pacific region, and now poses the biggest foreign policy challenge of the 21st century.
Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction 1. Chinese Perspectives of the China Threat: Myth or Reality? 2. American Perceptions of Chinese Military Power 3. Reflecting Mirrors across the Taiwan Straits: American Perspectives on a China Threat 4. Russian Perceptions of the China Threat 5. The China Threat - A European Perspective 6. Changing British Perceptions of the China Threat, 1945-2000 7. The Japanese Assessment of the 'China Threat' 8. South Korea and a Rising China: Perceptions, Policies and Prospects 9. Indonesia's Perceptions of China: The Domestic Bases of Persistent Ambiguity 10. Singapore and the Rise of China: Perceptions and Policy 11. Malaysian Perceptions of China: From Hostility to Cordiality 12. Perceptions of a China Threat: A Philippine Perspective 13. Vietnamese Perspectives of the 'China Threat' 14. The China Threat: A View from India 15. The China Threat: A View from Pakistan 16. Much Ado about Nothing: Middle Eastern Perceptions of the 'China Threat' Index
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