In China's Shadow

Regional Perspectives on Chinese Foreign Policy and Military Development

Edited by Jonathan D. Pollack, Richard H. Yang


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The papers in this collection were first presented at a conference on Chinese Security Policy and the Future of Asia. The authors, each representing different countries and regions affected by the growth of Chinese power, were asked to address four major questions: (1) China's position in the present and future security environment of the given country or region; (2) principal sources of tension between China and the particular country or region; (3) prevailing opinion in the country or region toward China's efforts at military modernization; and (4) the principal political, security, and economic strategies for responding to China's emergent power and military role. The purpose was to reveal elements of commonality and difference in national strategies.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

  • Acknowledgements


  • Introduction

    Introduction: Asian-Pacific Responses to a Rising China

    Jonathan D. Pollack

  • Chapter 1

    Chinese Military Modernization and Arms Proliferation in the Asia-Pacific

    Bates Gill

  • Chapter 2

    Chinese Military Power in Asia: A Japanese Perspective

    Satoshi Morimoto

  • Chapter 3

    Korean Perspectives on PLA Modernization and the Future East Asian Security Environment

    Taeho Kim

  • Chapter 4

    Russian Perspectives on China's Foreign Policy and Military Development

    Evgeniy Bazhanov

  • Chapter 5

    China's Emerging Power and Military Role: Implications for South Asia

    Sujit Dutta

  • Chapter 6

    Southeast Asian Perceptions of China's Future Security Role in Its "Backyard"

    Derek da Cunha

  • Chapter 7

    The Role of China in Australia's Regional Security Environment

    Stuart Harris

  • Chapter 8

    Crisis, What Crisis?---Lessons of the 1996 Tension and the ROC View of Security in the Taiwan Strait

    Andrew Nien-Dzu Yang

  • Chapter 9

    Chinese Defense Modernization and the Security of Taiwan

    Gary Klintworth

  • Chapter 10

    Hong Kong's Strategic Importance Under Chinese Sovereignty

    Tai Ming Cheung

  • Authors


"Some scholars can always be counted upon to deliver thoughtful, penetrating studies that address the meat of any issue. Jonathan Pollack and Richard Yang are among the best of these, and they have assembled a cast of equal quality for this volume of RAND conference papgers. This superb collection of chapters by carefully selected security experts offers regional and national perspectives on the dominant power in Asia - China. The focus of the conference was on the effects of Chinese power - economic, political and military - on China's neighbours. The title In China's Shadow is particularly apropos, since the looming, big-bellied dragon casts a long shadow over continental and archipelagic Asia. Perspectives from Russia, Taiwan (two particularly insightful papers), Australia, the United States, Hong Kong, South Asia, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia are included."

- The China Journal

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