China's enormous size, vast population, abundant natural resources, robust economy, and modern military demonstrate that the nation has emerged as a great world power. Inside China's Grand Strategy: The Perspective from the People's Republic analyzes China's economic, social, political, and military development, assessing the extent of China's dominance. Highly regarded Chinese scholar Ye Zicheng offers a rare insider's perspective on the country's geopolitical ambitions and strategic thinking.
Inside China's Grand Strategy argues that China's primary obstacle to achieving enduring status as a world power is its domestic state of affairs. Ye examines the impact of unemployment, corruption, massive economic gaps between classes, population size, strains on natural and labor resources, environmental degradation, and other issues that impede China's continuing development. Some analysts claim that repressive domestic policies threaten the country's goal of modernization, but Ye points to China's recent inclusion in the G-20 as an indicator of future success.
Ye contends that China's progress hinges on many factors: peaceful development, extensive governmental reform with a system of checks and balances, social and economic development on the mainland, and strategies for reunification, especially with Taiwan. Ye asserts that military pressure may be required to integrate Taiwanese separatist forces but advises that development should remain China's primary goal, because it will eventually lead to unification. Although Ye argues that democracy is the only way to repair the corrupt systems that perpetuate economic inequality, he specifies that a Western-style democracy is not what China needs.
As the United States' destiny is increasingly bound to China's growth and American policies are being evaluated in the realm of geopolitics, it is important to gauge and understand China's ambitions. An authoritative and up-to-date analysis from within Chinese society, Inside China's Grand Strategy is an indispensible resources for Western scholars, offering a new window on Chinese development.
""A comprehensive, balanced, judicious and well-argued Chinese analysis of China's place in the world." -- Barrett L. McCormick, author of What if China Doesn't Democratize? Implications for War and Peace" --
""It provides an invaluable guide to the thinking of one of the more important, rationalist voices on China's approach to grand strategy.... Speaks to some of the core issues confronting China's leaders today, and does so in a way that illuminates the 'strategic choices' which they are still making, both at home and abroad." -- China Journal" --
""Ye lays out Chinese views about the reasonableness and naturalness of China's return to great power status, thereby giving a good sense of the contents of contemporary Chinese nationalism: the quest to restore China's long lost but rightfully deserved position of great power among the nations of the world." -- John W. Garver, The China Quarterly" --
Series: Asia in the New Millennium
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 9th January 2011
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.62