China's Security Interests in the 21st Century by Russell Ong

By Russell Ong

The cave in of communism in Europe, the search for financial protection and the warfare on Terror have all affected China's view of safety matters. Ong provides a comprehensive examine of the recent coverage and safety demanding situations China faces within the coming years. masking all of China's present protection pursuits and matters, this remarkable book comprises chapters on chinese language techniques of defense, the function of the USA, and neighborhood tensions together with the Korean peninsula, Japan, Taiwan, and China’s quest for ‘great energy’ prestige.

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8 Basically, the strategy of peaceful evolution assumes that opening up to the West will gradually imbue the Chinese population with notions of civil liberties, political pluralism and the like. Today, being the lone superpower that espouses a different set of political values, the US represents this threat most clearly in the eyes of Chinese leaders. Moreover, with the use of military force becoming less cost-effective in international relations, it appears to China that peaceful evolution might be a more viable foreign policy instrument that the West could use The threat of peaceful evolution 25 against Beijing.

This implies that the Bush administration does have concerns on how China fits in with the framework of the war on terror; China could emerge as a key ally in this war or it could scupper the US’s efforts. 6 This concept of pre-emption is perhaps the most controversial of all US military doctrines simply because its entails encroaching on the sovereignty of other states in the name of self-defence. 7 Hence, the US argues that it needs to adapt its military strategies to fight these new adversaries.

One example is linking up its northeastern region with Russia. This represents one way for China to further enhance its economic interests. Overall, informal economic co-operation with Asian neighbours also allows China to proceed along its own path of development, just like Mao Zedong had ‘Sinified’ the political ideology of Marxism to suit China’s needs, without being subjected to stringent international standards and principles. More importantly, it permits China to achieve its goals without needing to agree with others states on any overarching regional economic goals that might curtail Beijing’s independence foreign policy.

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