Global Security Watch -- China

Global Security Watch -- China

Global Security Watch -- China

Global Security Watch -- China


"Global Security Watch--China" presents a comprehensive overview of the main foreign and defense policies of the People's Republic of China, emphasizing the political-military developments in the modern era since the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident. It provides a historical overview in the first chapter, followed by information on the domestic factors that affect Chinese national security, such as economics, society, and politics; China's external objectives; its global energy strategy; and its defense policies and security objectives.

Drawing upon a wide variety of domestic and foreign primary sources, the work details China's policies and its relationships with the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Eurasia. It includes biographical sketches of select individuals of importance to modern Chinese history, such as Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. Appropriate for audiences ranging from university students to policy makers to general readers, this book is an excellent resource for academic libraries and suitable as a textbook for courses on contemporary Chinese politics and international relations.


The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has become, after the United States, the world’s most important country because of its enormous population, growing economic and military power, and newly assertive foreign policies. Whereas during the Cold War, China was largely isolated and alienated from world politics, the PRC has become a major global security actor. Today, no major security issue, in any region, can be decided without considering Beijing’s position. China’s influence in Africa, Latin America, and other regions has been expanding along with the PRC’s power in Asia. China is following the path of earlier rising economic powers such as Great Britain and the United States in converting its economic potential into military strength. Beijing is also developing increasingly powerful military tools, ranging from nuclear weapons to innovative cyber and space strike weapons. Despite these growing economic and military powers, China has not engaged in a major war since 1953. Western leaders still hope that China will become a responsible global stakeholder and uphold existing international security arrangements.

This volume in the PSI Global Security Watch series reviews the foreign and defense policies of China, with emphasis on developments since the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident. It provides a comprehensive but relatively short and accessible text for students, journalists, and policy makers eager to better understand the implications of China’s ascending trajectory. The biographies, chronology, and core documents in the appendices also make the book a handy reference to the general reader as well as academic audiences.

The first chapter describes China’s main foreign-policy goals and decision makers. China’s economy has been experiencing tremendous growth in recent years but must now transform to escape the “middle-income trap” that has ensnarled so many other developing states whose growth plateaus after they can . . .

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