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- DescriptionDebate surrounding China's rise, and the prospects of its possible challenge to America's preeminence, has focused on two questions: whether the United States should contain or engage China; and whether the rise of Chinese power has inclined other East Asian states to balance against Beijing by alignment with the United States or ramping up their military expenditures. By drawing on alternative theoretic approaches--most especially balance-of-threat theory, political ecomic theory, and theories of regime survival and ecomic interdependence, Steve Chan is able to create an explanation of regional developments that differs widely from the traditional strategic vision of national interest. He concludes that China's primary aim is t to match U.S. military might or the foreign policy influence that flows from that power, and that its neighbors are t balancing against its rising power because, in today's guns-versus-butter fiscal reality, balancing policies would entail forfeiting possible gains that can accrue from cooperation, ecomic growth, and the application of GDP to nmilitary ends. Instead, most East Asian countries have collectively pivoted to a strategy of elite legitimacy and regime survival based on ecomic performance.
- Author BiographySteve Chan is College Professor of Distinction at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of China, the U.S., and the Power-Transition Theory: A Critique, and Enduring Rivalries in the Asia Pacific.
- Author(s)Steve Chan
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication15/02/2012
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Series TitleStudies in Asian Security
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Weight529 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
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