Great Wall And The Empty Fortress: Chinas Search For Security by Andrew J. NathanGreat Wall And The Empty Fortress: Chinas Search For Security by Andrew J. Nathan

Great Wall And The Empty Fortress: Chinas Search For Security

byAndrew J. Nathan, Robert S Ross

Paperback | July 7, 1998

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Many see China and the United States on the path to confrontation. The Chinese leadership violates human rights norms. It maintains a harsh rule in Tibet, spars aggressively with Taiwan, and is clamping down on Hong Kong. A rising power with enormous assets, China increasingly considers American interests an obstacle to its own.

But, the authors argue, the United States is the least of China's problems. Despite its sheer size, economic vitality, and drive to upgrade its military forces, China remains a vulnerable power, crowded on all sides by powerful rivals and potential foes. As it has throughout its history, China faces immense security challenges, and their sources are at and within China's own borders. China's foreign policy is calibrated to defend its territorial integrity against antagonists who are numerous, near, and strong.

The authors trace the implications of this central point for China's relations with the United States and the rest of the world.
Robert S. Ross is professor of political science at Boston College and research associate at the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University.
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Title:Great Wall And The Empty Fortress: Chinas Search For SecurityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:July 7, 1998

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ISBN - 10:0393317846

ISBN - 13:9780393317848

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Many see China and the United States on the path to confrontation. But the authors here argue that the United States is the least of China's problems. As it has throughout its history, China faces immense security challenges at and within its own borders. This book traces the implications of this point for China's relations with the United States and the rest of the world.