China's Coming War with Asia

China's Coming War with Asia

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China's ambition is to rise peacefully. Avoiding fierceconflicts with its Asian neighbors is essential to this goal.Jonathan Holslag makes a brilliant case for the geopoliticaldilemma facing the rising China, and his argument that China willlikely enter into major conflict with Asia is compelling andthoughtful. Both Chinese experts and decision-makers will find thisbook illuminating reading.

Asia is set for another great power war. As China's influencespreads beyond its territorial borders and its global aspirationsgain momentum, so tensions with its neighbors are reaching breakingpoint. In this clear-sighted book, Jonathan Holslag debunks themyth of China's peaceful rise, arguing instead that China's policyof shrewd intransigence towards other Asian countries willinevitably result in serious conflict.

China's ambitions are not malicious. But what China wants ?namely to maximize its security and prosperity ? will lead to ahuge power imbalance, where China towers above her neighbors, impels them into unequal partnerships, and is increasingly able toseize disputed territory. At present, China's focused anduncompromising pursuit of its own interests is bearing fruit. Manyof China's neighbors are still too weak to counter Beijing?sinfluence, and China has ably exploited divisions between them todivide and rule. But several regional powers are now joining forcesto stop China. With the PRC unlikely to back down and nationalismriding high, China's coming war with Asia is already in themaking.
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  • Electronic book text | 176 pages
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 0745688276
  • 9780745688275

Table of contents

Preface

1 Asia's China Dilemma

2 The Revolutionary Overture

3 The normalization

4 Briefcase Revisionism

5 Peaceful Development

6 Elusive harmony

7 Economic power

8 The unlikely military equilibrium

9 Another great power tragedy
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In China's Coming War with Asia, Jonathan Holslagexplains why a rising China cannot help but become a revisionistpower. As Beijing grows stronger, it will seek greater influenceover key global institutions, strive to reduce the U.S. role inAsia, and attempt to alter the regional order in Asia in its favor.His analysis is nuanced and his tone is measured, but hisconclusions are far-reaching, ominous, and compelling. The book isa must-read for anyone who wants to see beyond today's headlinesand get a glimpse of the more dangerous future that liesahead.
Stephen M. Walt, Harvard Kennedy School

China's ambition is to rise peacefully. Avoiding fierceconflicts with its Asian neighbors is essential to such goals.Jonathan Holslag makes a brilliant case for the geopoliticaldilemma facing the rising China, and his argument that China willlikely enter into major conflict with Asia is compelling andthoughtful. Both Chinese experts and decision-makers will find thisbook illuminating reading.
Men Honghua, Central Party School, China

An intellectually challenging and well-written argument by oneof Europe's brightest young Asia hands that Asia is doomed to warbecause China's aspirations and the expectations of its Asianneighbors are irreconcilable. Well worth reading even by those whobelieve that smart diplomacy can preserve peace.
Susan L. Shirk, School of International Relations and PacificStudies, UC-San Diego

"The book... provides a very timely and readable account of the challenges China, the region, and the United States face related to China's rise."
H-Net Reviews
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About Jonathan Holslag

Jonathan Holslag is a Professor of International Politics at the Free University of Brussels. His work focuses on international political economy, regional security in Asia, and the relations between Europe and Asia
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