What do the major states of Asia view as the emerging challenges in their immediate security environment as well as in the broader Asian region? What future security outcomes would make them believe that strategic stability had been achieved in the Asian continent? Central to the latter question is China and the path it will take to rise to superpower status. While all the major Asian states increasingly are both economically and politically engaged with China, doubts remain about China's long-term intentions. This volume discusses the military, diplomatic and economic measures being taken by the major Asian countries and Australia to establish a new framework for strategic stability. In the process, the contributors examine the global pressures that are impacting on these countries' security dilemmas and, from the perspective of these countries, the patterns of expected behaviour that China would have to fulfil for a regional security order to emerge in Asia.
'…an excellent book that provides a thoughtful look at Asian security from the perspectives of those in the region. The book utilizes an important theme of how the countries of Asia view the rise of China and Sino-US relations and offers a realistic assessment of the challenges and opportunities for all in the region.' Terence Roehrig, US Naval War College, USA 'This high quality collection of articles addresses timely questions for Asian security and provides a useful insight into the region's security dynamics…Gupta's edited volume is highly recommended to advanced undergraduate and graduate students in area studies, as well as international relations. The accessible style makes this collection also a valuable source on Asian security for the wider public.' East Asian Integration Review
Contents: Introduction, Amit Gupta; Great Power peace and stability in Asia: China's emerging role, David Lai; Japan's emerging strategic posture in Asia: headed toward leadership or rivalry?, Toshi Yoshihara; History still matters: contemporary South Korean strategy and diplomacy, Nicholas Evan Sarantakes; The reformist state: the Indian security dilemma, Amit Gupta; Pakistan's security dilemma and quest for strategic stability, Stephen Burgess; Australia and strategic stability in Asia, Amit Gupta; Vietnam's security perceptions and policy directions, Lawrence E. Grinter; Conclusion, Amit Gupta; Index.