Strong Borders, Secure Nation Cooperation and Conflict in China's Territorial Disputes

ISBN-10: 0691136092
ISBN-13: 9780691136097
Edition: 2008
Authors: M. Taylor Fravel
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List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 9/14/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

As China emerges as an international economic and military power, the world waits to see how the nation will assert itself globally. Yet, as M. Taylor Fravel shows inStrong Borders, Secure Nation, concerns that China might be prone to violent conflict over territory are overstated. The first comprehensive study of China's territorial disputes,Strong Borders, Secure Nationcontends that China over the past sixty years has been more likely to compromise in these conflicts with its Asian neighbors and less likely to use force than many scholars or analysts might expect. By developing theories of cooperation and escalation in territorial disputes, Fravel explains China's willingness to either compromise or use force. When faced with internal threats to regime security, especially ethnic rebellion, China has been willing to offer concessions in exchange for assistance that strengthens the state's control over its territory and people. By contrast, China has used force to halt or reverse decline in its bargaining power in disputes with its militarily most powerful neighbors or in disputes where it has controlled none of the land being contested. Drawing on a rich array of previously unexamined Chinese language sources,Strong Borders, Secure Nationoffers a compelling account of China's foreign policy on one of the most volatile issues in international relations.

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Cooperation and Escalation in Territorial Disputes
Cooperation in Frontier Disputes in the 1960s
Cooperation in Frontier Disputes in the 1990s
Escalation in Frontier Disputes
Homeland Disputes
Offshore Island Disputes
Conclusion
Overview of China's Territorial Disputes
Bibliography
Index

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