Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China

Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China

Power and Politics in East Asia

Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China demonstrates how structural and domestic variables influence how East Asian states adjust their strategy in light of the rise of China, including how China manages its own emerging role as a regional great power. The contributors note that the shifting regional balance of power has fueled escalating tensions in East Asia and suggest that adjustment challenges are exacerbated by the politics of policymaking. International and domestic pressures on policymaking are reflected in maritime territorial disputes and in the broader range of regional security issues created by the rise of China.

Adjusting to power shifts and managing a new regional order in the face of inevitable domestic pressure, including nationalism, is a challenging process. Both the United States and China have had to adjust to China's expanded capabilities. China has sought an expanded influence in maritime East Asia; the United States has responded by consolidating its alliances and expanding its naval presence in East Asia. The region's smaller countries have also adjusted to the rise of China. They have sought greater cooperation with China, even as they try to sustain cooperation with the United States. As China continues to rise and challenge the regional security order, the contributors consider whether the region is destined to experience increased conflict and confrontation.

Contributors

Ian Bowers, Norwegian Defence University College and Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies
Daniel W. Drezner, Tufts University, Brookings Institution, and Washington Post
Taylor M. Fravel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bjørn Elias Mikalsen Grønning, Norwegian Defence University College and Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies
Chung-in Moon, Yonsei University and Chairman, Presidential Committee on Northeast Asia Cooperation Initiative, Republic of Korea
James Reilly, University of Sydney
Robert S. Ross, Boston College and Harvard University
Randall L. Schweller, The Ohio State University
Øystein Tunsjø, Norwegian Defence University College and the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies
Wang Dong, Peking University

Robert S. Ross

Robert S. Ross is Professor of Political Science at Boston College and Associate at the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. He is the author of Chinese Security Policy: Structure, Power, and Politics, coauthor of The Great Wall and the Empty Fortress: China's Search for Security, and coeditor of China’s Ascent: Power, Security, and the Future of International Politics (also from Cornell), among many other books.


Contributions:

China's Ascent
Power, Security, and the Future of International Politics
This book offers multiple analytical perspectives—constructivist, liberal, neorealist—on the significance of the many dimensions of China's regional and global influence and considers the likelihood of conflict or peaceful accommodation.