This book examines the development of China’s national ambitions under its current leader Xi Jinping and the dilemma they present for the United States and also Japan. It emphasises the importance of geopolitics, that is the way national strategies and policies are shaped and in some cases determined by geographic location. Focusing especially on China’s national rejuvenation and its rapidly growing military capability and navy, and on the likely impact on the region of China regaining the status and influence it enjoyed in dynastic times, the book highlights the hard choices faced by the United States as it seeks to protect its geopolitical position in the Western Pacific, particularly in the South China Sea, the Korean Peninsula and the Taiwan straits. How far should the United States confront China or accommodate China, possibly at the risk of undermining its geopolitical position and its alliance relationships with Japan, Australia and South Korea? The book also discusses the degree to which issues of institution building and economic interdependence can overcome or constrain geopolitical calculations.
Table of Contents
Chapter one: Geopolitics
Chapter two: Domestic drivers of China’s geopolitics
Chapter three: The geopolitics of the South China Sea: China’s claim
Chapter four: The geopolitics and the South China Sea: China’s strategic interest
Chapter five: The geopolitics of the Korean Peninsula: great power rivalry
Chapter six: The geopolitics of the Korean Peninsula: North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles
Chapter seven: Geopolitics and Japan
Chapter eight: The geopolitics of the US and the Western Pacific
Leszek Buszynski is a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University.