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Over the past three decades, China has rapidly emerged as a major regional power, yet East Asia has been more peaceful than at any time since the Opium Wars of 1839-1841. Why has the region accommodated China's rise? David C. Kang believes certain preferences and beliefs are responsible for maintaining stability in East Asia. His research shows that East Asian states have grown closer to China, with little evidence that the region is rupturing. These states see China's rise as advantageous and are willing to defer judgment as to China's wishes and future actions. They believe that a strong China stabilizes East Asia, while a weak China tempts other states to seek control of the region. Kang's provocative work reveals the flaws in contemporary views on China and offers a new understanding of sound U.S. policy in East Asia.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Part I: The Puzzle and the Argument 1. The Puzzle and China's Amazing Rise 2. Power, Interests, and Identity in East Asian International Relations, 1300 to 1900 3. Describing East Asia: Alignment Strategies Toward China Part II: East Asia Responds to China 4. China: Identity, Sovereignty, and Taiwan 5. South Korea: Embracing Interdependence in Search of Security 6. Southeast Asia: Accommodating China's Rise 7. Japan: A Normal Identity Part III: East Asia and the United States 8. The Role of the United States in East Asia 9. Conclusions and Implications Notes Selected Bibliography Index

About the Author

David C. Kang is a professor of international relations and business at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines and, with Victor Cha, Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies. He is a regular media commentator, and has published opinion pieces in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Kang is also a frequent consultant to both multinational corporations and U.S. government agencies, including the CIA, National Intelligence Council, and State Department.


[A] provocative book. -- Steve Tsang Times Higher Education Supplement [Kang] provocatively contends that China's aspirational rise will make the East Asian region more stable. -- Charles Burton Globe & Mail A refreshing read... should be required reading for everyone concerned about the rise of China or East Asian international relations. -- Andrew Scobell, Texas A&M University Political Science Quarterly Any serious student of Asia will find China Rising challenging, and will give that reader a good deal to consider--and perhaps rethink. -- John Frankenstein Far Eastern Economic Review Clearly written and cogently argued, this book is essential reading for all audiences. CHOICE A very useful guide to international relations in the region today. -- Robert E. Bedeski Pacific Affairs A refreshing, persuasive, and provocative book. Military Review China Rising is genuinely exceptional. -- Jungmin Seo Korean Studies China Rising offers an alternative approach to international relations in East Asia that ought to stimulate debate. -- Stefan Fergus East Asia

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