The China Threat: Perceptions, Myths and Reality

The China Threat: Perceptions, Myths and Reality

The China Threat: Perceptions, Myths and Reality

The China Threat: Perceptions, Myths and Reality

Synopsis

This book examines perceptions of the 'China Threat', and governments' policies in response to this perceived threat in a wide range of countries, including the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, and countries in the Middle East. Perceptions of the Chinese themselves are also looked at, the current security concerns and policies of each country are examined in detail, especially the policy of engagement, and future prospects for relations with China are assessed.

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Herbert Yee and Ian Storey

China is the fastest growing economy in the world, with what may be the fastest growing military budget… China is now in the process of transforming itself from a weakling to one of the strong. It will have the opportunity to do what it wants instead of what it must.

Nicholas D. Kristof

China is not replacing the Soviet Union as a threat to the United States. It is emerging as a separate and different kind of challenge, more difficult to deal with in its way because, in striking contrast to the Soviets, the Chinese are not a powerful military power founded on a weak economy, but a powerful economy creating a credible military force. The key is the steady growth of Chinese power, not just in China itself, but throughout Asia and elsewhere in the world.

Richard Bernstein and Ross H. Munro

The People's Republic of China is the most serious national security threat the United States faces at present and will remain so into the foreseeable future.

Bill Gertz

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