Rising China

Rising China

Power and Reassurance

Edited by: Ron Huisken

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Asia looks and feels very different now compared to the days of the Cold War. The sense that Asia now works differently can be traced to a single source – the re-emergence of China. China was the dominant power in greater Asia for most of recorded history. This historical norm was interrupted from the early 19th century, too far into the past to be recognisable and readily accommodated by the actors in today’s international arena. A powerful China feels new and unfamiliar.

Arriving peacefully at mutually acceptable relationships of power and influence that are very different from those that have prevailed for the past half century will be a demanding process. The world’s track record on challenges of this kind is not terrific. It will call for statesmanship of a consistently high order from all the major players, and building the strongest possible confidence among these players that there are no hidden agendas.


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Mar 2009
ANU Press
Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC)
Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC)
Social Sciences: Military & Defence Studies, Politics & International Studies
East Asia: China, Japan; North America; South Asia: India

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  1. The outlook for US–China relations (PDF, 125KB)Ron Huisken doi
  2. Closer and more balanced: China–US relations in transition (PDF, 143KB)Jia Qingguo doi
  3. China–Japan relations at a new juncture (PDF, 130KB)Zhang Tuosheng doi
  4. Japanese perspectives on the rise of China (PDF, 109KB) – Koji Watanabe doi
  5. Sino–Indian relations and the rise of China (PDF, 306KB) – Sandy Gordon doi
  6. The rise of Chindia and its impact on the world system (PDF, 129KB) – Zhao Gancheng doi
  7. Sino–Russian relations in the ‘post’-Putin era (PDF, 162KB) – Yu Bin doi
  8. How China thinks about national security (PDF, 134KB) – Xia Liping doi
  9. China’s national defence: challenges and responses (PDF, 110KB) – Fan Gaoyue doi
  10. China’s defence industries: change and continuity (PDF, 160KB)Richard Bitzinger and J. D. Kenneth Boutin doi
  11. China’s participation in Asian multilateralism: pragmatism prevails (PDF, 142KB)Mingjiang Li doi
  12. The perils and prospects of dragon riding: reassurance and ‘costly signals’ in China–ASEAN relations (PDF, 148KB) – See Seng Tan doi
  13. ‘Architectural alternatives or alternatives to architecture?’ (PDF, 134KB)Robert Ayson and Brendan Taylor doi

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