China’s Strategic Priorities
The People’s Republic of China is the world’s most populous state and largest consumer of energy, having demonstrated momentous progress on an unprecedented scale. This global power has increasingly shaped international relations as a result of its population size, economic development and political character.
Identifying the most significant new issues and problems that have arisen from China’s rapid development, this book examines the evolution of China’s contemporary foreign policy and international relations. In doing so, it underlines the global importance of China’s management of its own politics and economics, and demonstrates how all nation-states have a vested interest in —and to varying degrees are liable for —the consequences of Chinese actions. The book aims to spark debate by drawing attention to these critical issues; placing them on the scholarly agenda as well as that of the practitioner. It provides factual evidence, progressive findings, justification and a rationale for action, expert analysis, and the resulting policy prescriptions. In addition, the book highlights the liable costs of failing to address China’s strategic priorities.
This interdisciplinary book draws attention to the most pressing issues that China must address for universal benefit, and will be of great interest to students and scholars of International Relations, Chinese Studies and Political Science.
Introduction: Studying China and Strategic Priorities Jonathan H. Ping 1. Myth-busting: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Chinese Strategic Culture Andrew R. Wilson 2. Western River Civilization and the Logic of China’s Strategic Behavior Hao Su and Yue Cui 3. Analyzing China’s Foreign Policy: Domestic Politics, Public Opinion And Leaders Eric Hyer, Zhang Qingmin and Jordan Hamzawi 4. Crises as Impetus for Institutionalization: Maritime Crisis Management Mechanisms in China’s Near Seas Gaye Christoffersen 5. The United States of America factor in China’s dispute with Japan over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands: Balancing Washington’s ‘rebalancing’ in East Asian waters Ulises Granados 6. China’s Relations with India: Great Power Statecraft and Territory Jonathan H. Ping 7. United States-China Cooperation: The Role of Pakistan after the Death of Osama Bin Laden Timothy D. Hoyt 8. Chinese Regionalism: Balancing and Constraint in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Alica Kizekova Conclusion Brett McCormick
"...the contributors to this volume open up new debates by applying alternate frameworks to theories in strategic studies...Their new perspectives offer a better understanding of Chinese strategic issues and operational behaviours, and identify some general trends among Chinese leaders, who face varied international crises and make different choices according to their individual backgrounds and worldviews...This volume prepares us for any major and unexpected event for a fairly long period of time into the future."
Xiaobing Li, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, USA, Pacific Affairs