Academic journal article Military Review

The Rise of China in Asia: Security Implications

Academic journal article Military Review

The Rise of China in Asia: Security Implications

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THE RISE OF CHINA IN ASIA: Security Implications, Carolyn W. Pumphrey, ed., Strategic Studies Institute, Carlisle, PA, 2001, 308 pages, price unknown.

The Rise of China in Asia: Security Implications is a compilation of essays presented at a March 2001 conference attended by members of the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute, the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, and Duke University's Program in Asian Security Studies. Conference contributors discussed the implications of the rise of China for the international community and, in particular, the United States. The essays that editor Carolyn W. Pumphry presents examine the current political climate in China, whether or not China is a security threat to the United States, China's effect on other countries in the region, and the implications of the U.S. political landscape.

"Great Power Transitions" addresses the Chinese political process, focusing on issues that occurred during the waning years of the third generation of leaders. The essay lists some of the potential fourthgeneration leaders and how their actions affect China's domestic and foreign policy.

In evaluating the threat from China, one essayist determined that China is not a threat to U.S. interests. One author presents an interesting discussion on the dilapidated state of the Chinese military and how, despite their best efforts to modernize their industry, weapons, and technologies, they continue to fall behind the United States and its Western allies. …

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