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Return of the dragon: rising China and regional security

Return of the dragon: rising China and regional security

Roy, Denny, 1960- author

Despite China's effort to maintain peace with its neighbors, its military and economic growth poses an undeniable threat. Regional states must account for a more powerful potential adversary in China, and China has become more ambitious in its efforts to control its surroundings. Historical baggage has only aggravated the situation as China believes it is reclaiming its rightful place after a time of weakness and mistreatment, and other Asia-Pacific countries remember all too well their encounter with Chinese conflict and domination. Through a careful consideration of historical factors and raw data, Denny Roy examines the benefits and consequences of a more politically, economically, and militarily potent China. Since China's intended sphere of influence encroaches on the autonomy of regional states, its attempts to increase its own security have weakened the security of its neighbors. Nevertheless, there is little incentive for Beijing to change a status quo that is mostly good for China, and the PRC thrives through its participation in the global economy and multilateral institutions. Even so, Beijing remains extremely sensitive to challenges to the Chinese Communist Party's legitimacy and believes it is entitled to exercise influence on its periphery. On these issues, nationalism trumps any reluctance to upset the international system. Diplomatic disputes regarding the islands in the South China Sea, as well as controversial relations with North Korea, continue to undermine Chinese promises of positive behavior. Roy's study reveals the dynamics defining this volatile region, in which governments pursue China as an ec

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Published New York : Columbia University Press 2013
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Statement of responsibility: Denny Roy
ISBN: 0231528159, 1306313074, 9780231159005, 9780231528153, 9781306313070
Note: Print version record.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-276) and index.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (vi, 279 pages)
Other Number: 10.7312/roy-15900
Series: Contemporary Asia in the world
Subject: World politics.; TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING Military Science.; China International status.; International law.; HISTORY Military Other.; China Foreign relations 21st century.; World politics 21st century.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Security (National & International); China.; Diplomatic relations.; National security China.; National security.
Series Title: Contemporary Asia in the world.


  1. Frontmatter
  3. Chapter One. Introduction
  4. Chapter Two. A Chinese View of the World
  5. Chapter Three. U.S.-China Relations Under Hegemonic Transition
  6. Chapter Four. China's Military Rise
  7. Chapter Five. Japan and China: A Long Struggle with Bitter Resolve
  8. Chapter Six. Pressure on China's Neighbors
  9. Chapter Seven. Mitigating Factors
  10. Chapter Eight. Persistent Risk of Confl ict
  11. Chapter Nine. North Korea Bothersome Client State
  12. Chapter Ten. Taiwan in the PRC's Lengthening Shadow
  13. Chapter Eleven. The South China Sea Dispute
  14. Chapter Twelve. China and Global Security Issues
  15. Chapter Thirteen. Conclusion
  16. Notes
  17. Index.