Chinese Security Policy
Structure, Power and Politics
By Robert Ross
Routledge – 2009 – 342 pages
This volume provides a coherent and comprehensive understanding of Chinese security policy, comprising essays written by one of America's leading scholars.
Chinese Security Policy covers such fundamental areas as the role of international structure in state behavior, the use of force in international politics (including deterrence, coercive diplomacy, and war), and the sources of great-power conflict and cooperation and balance of power politics, with a recent focus on international power transitions. The research integrates the realist literature with key issues in Chinese foreign policy, thereby placing China’s behaviour in the larger context of the international political system. Within this framework, Chinese Security Policy considers the importance of domestic politics and leadership in Chinese policy making.
This book examines how Chinese strategic vulnerability since U.S.-China rapprochement in the early 1970s has compelled Beijing to seek cooperation with the United States and to avoid U.S.-China conflict over Taiwan. It also addresses the implications of the rise of China for the security of both United States and of Chinese neighbors in East Asia, and considers the implications of China’s rise for the regional balance of power and the emerging twenty-first century East Asian security order.
This book will be of great interest to all students of Chinese Security and Foreign Policy, Chinese and Asian Politics, US foreign policy and International Security in general.
Introduction: Structure, Power, and Politics in Chinese Security Policy Part 1: Great Power Politics and East Asian Security 1. China Learns to Compromise: Change in U.S.-China Relations, 1982-1984 (1991) 2. The Geography of the Peace: Great Power Stability in Twenty-First Century East Asia (1999) 3. The U.S.-China Peace: Great Power Politics, Spheres of Influence, and the Peace of East Asia (2003) 4. Balance of Power Politics and the Rise of China: Accommodation and Balancing in East Asia (2006) Part 2: Deterrence and Coercive Diplomacy in Chinese Security Policy 5. China and the Cambodian Peace Process: The Value of Coercive Diplomacy (1991) 6. The 1995-96 Taiwan Strait Confrontation: Coercion, Credibility, and Use of Force (2000) 7. Navigating the Taiwan Strait: Deterrence, Escalation Dominance, and U.S.-China Relations (2002) Part 3: Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy 8. International Bargaining and Domestic Politics: Conflict in U.S.-China Relations Since 1972 (1986) 9. From Lin Biao to Deng Xiaoping: Elite Instability and China's U.S. Policy (1989) 10. The Diplomacy of Tiananmen: Two-Level Bargaining and Great Power Cooperation (2001)
Robert S. Ross is Professor of Political Science at Boston College, Associate, John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University, and Senior Advisor, Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.