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China's Ascent: Power, Security, and the Future of International Politics

by Robert S Ross and Zhu Feng Cornell University Press
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Assessments of China's importance on the world stage usually focus on a single dimension of China's increasing power, rather than on the multiple sources of China's rise, including its economic might and the continuing modernization of its military. This book offers multiple analytical perspectives—constructivist, liberal, neorealist—on the significance of the many dimensions of China's regional and global influence.

Distinguished authors consider the likelihood of conflict and peaceful accommodation as China grows ever stronger. They look at the changing position of China “from the inside”: How do Chinese policymakers evaluate the contemporary international order and what are the regional and global implications of that worldview? The authors also address the implications of China's increasing power for Chinese policymaking and for the foreign policies of Korea, Japan, and the United States.

by Robert S. Ross and Zhu Feng

Part I: Structure, Power Transitions, and the Rise of China

Chapter1: Power Transition Theory and the Rise of China
by Jack S. Levy

Chapter 2: China's Rise Will Be Peaceful: How Unipolarity Matters
by Zhu Feng

Chapter 3: Parsing China's Rise: International Circumstances and National Attributes
by Avery Goldstein

Part II: International Institutions and the Rise of China

Chapter 4: The Rise of China: Power, Institutions, and the Western Order
by G. John Ikenberry

Chapter 5: Structures, Processes, and the Socialization of Power: East Asian Community- building and the Rise of China
by Qin Yaqing and Wei Ling

Part III: Chinese Policymaking and the Rise of China

Chapter 6: From Offensive to Defensive Realism: A Social Evolutionary Interpretation of China's Security Strategy
by Tang Shiping

Chapter 7: Purpose Transitions: China's Rise and the American Response
by Jeffrey W. Legro

Part IV: Responding to the Rise of China

Chapter 8: Between China, America, and North Korea: South Korea's Hedging
by Byung- Kook Kim

Chapter 9: A Japanese Perspective on China's Rise and the East Asian Order
by Akio Takahara

Chapter 10: The Consequences of China's Economic Rise for Sino-U.S. Relations: Rivalry, Political Conflict, and (Not) War
by Jonathan Kirshner

Chapter 11: The United States and the Rise of China: Implications for the Long Haul
by Robert J. Art

Part V: Conclusion

Chapter 12: The Rise of China: Theoretical and Policy Perspectives
by Robert S. Ross and Zhu Feng


"A focused and cohesive book.... Careful consideration is given to a wide range of international relations theories as they apply to China's growing power in the 21st century. The theories are so well explored that the book goes beyond being a China study; it can be recommended... more broadly as a political and international relations theory book.... In addition to the US scholars, four contributing authors are Chinese, one is Korean, and one Japanese. Thus, a range of perspectives is provided. This reviewer has not seen a more sophisticated book on China's rise to power."

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.

Zhu Feng is Professor of International Relations and Deputy Director of the Center for International and Strategic Studies (CISS), Peking University.