Rising to the Challenge: China's Grand Strategy and International Security

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By Avery Goldstein

China's increasing economic and military capabilities have attracted much attention in recent years. How should the world, especially the United States, respond to this emerging great power? A sensible response requires not only figuring out the speed and extent of China's rise, but also answering a question that has received much less attention: What is China's grand strategy?

This book describes and explains the grand strategy China's leaders have adopted to pursue their country's interests in the international system of the 21st century. The author argues that their strategy is designed to foster favourable conditions for continuing China's modernization while also reducing the risk that others will decide a rising China is a threat that must be countered. Why did China's leaders settle on this grand strategy and what are its key elements? What alternatives were available? Is the current approach yielding the results China anticipated? What does this grand strategy imply for international peace and security in the coming years and, most critically, what are the prospects for an increasingly prominent China and a dominant United States to rise to the challenge of managing their inevitable disagreements?


Avery GOLDSTEIN is Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the Christopher H. Brown Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Research Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.


Studies in Asian Security
Publication Year: 2008
288 pages, 229mm x 152mm
ISBN: 978-9971-69-438-8, Paperback

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