A Rising China and Security in East Asia: Identity by Rex Li

By Rex Li

A emerging China, diplomacy theories, and chinese language defense discourse of East Asian powers -- Hegemonic aspirations in a unipolar international : US protection method less than the George Bush Snr and invoice Clinton presidencies -- September eleven, pre-emption and the Bush Doctrine : US defense approach less than the George W. Bush management -- safety, id, and strategic selection : Japan's quest for an exceptional strength prestige -- A key participant in an rising multipolar international : Russia and East Asian safety -- China's reaction to the protection problem of the most important powers in East Asia : id building and nice strength aspirations -- chinese language safeguard discourse and its implications for the controversy at the upward push of China

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Chinese leaders, says Michael Yahuda (1997: 22), have recognized that economic interdependence plays a vital part in sustaining China’s economic growth, maintaining its social stability and legitimizing the rule of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Christopher Findlay and Andrew Watson (1997) find that the level of China’s trade interdependency has transformed the relationships between the PRC and the rest of the world. Similarly, Stuart Harris (1997: 151) argues that China’s ‘cognitive learning’ in the areas of economic activity supports the liberal view that cooperation is possible, even among ‘liberal’ and ‘non-liberal’ societies.

Their work is analytically rigorous and empirically sound, although it is based almost entirely on secondary sources and some of their observations have become dated. In contrast to this type of literature, some authors focus specifically on China’s perceptions of the changing security environment from the military angle. Daewon 26 A rising China and Chinese security discourse Ohn’s (2000) study of the development of PRC’s grand strategy from 1978 to 1998 shows that it is closely related to Chinese military modernization.

Basically, there are three categories of studies on China’s security perceptions in the post-Cold War era. First, some scholars have attempted to examine China’s perceptions of its overall security environment, especially the areas surrounding the PRC. This literature includes studies on China’s security thinking and strategy after the Cold War (Denoon and Frieman 1996; Glaser 1993; Hu 1993, 1995; Li 1995; Shambaugh 1992), Chinese perspectives on the end of bipolarity and the ‘New World Order’ (Armstrong 1994; Garrett and Glaser 1989; Kim 1991), China’s perceptions of internal and external threat (Nathan and Ross 1997; Roy 1996b; Shambaugh 1994b; Zhao 2004b), Chinese position on multilateral security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (Garrett and Glaser 1994) and China’s realpolitik views of international politics (Christensen 1996).

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