Return of the Dragon

Rising China and Regional Security

Denny Roy

Columbia University Press

Return of the Dragon

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Pub Date: July 2013

ISBN: 9780231159005

288 Pages

Format: Hardcover

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Pub Date: July 2013

ISBN: 9780231528153

288 Pages

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Return of the Dragon

Rising China and Regional Security

Denny Roy

Columbia University Press

Despite China's effort to maintain peace with its neighbors, its military and economic growth poses an undeniable threat. Regional states must account for a more powerful potential adversary in China, and China has become more ambitious in its efforts to control its surroundings. Historical baggage has only aggravated the situation as China believes it is reclaiming its rightful place after a time of weakness and mistreatment, and other Asia-Pacific countries remember all too well their encounter with Chinese conflict and domination.

Through a careful consideration of historical factors and raw data, Denny Roy examines the benefits and consequences of a more politically, economically, and militarily potent China. Since China's intended sphere of influence encroaches on the autonomy of regional states, its attempts to increase its own security have weakened the security of its neighbors. Nevertheless, there is little incentive for Beijing to change a status quo that is mostly good for China, and the PRC thrives through its participation in the global economy and multilateral institutions.

Even so, Beijing remains extremely sensitive to challenges to the Chinese Communist Party's legitimacy and believes it is entitled to exercise influence on its periphery. On these issues, nationalism trumps any reluctance to upset the international system. Diplomatic disputes regarding the islands in the South China Sea, as well as controversial relations with North Korea, continue to undermine Chinese promises of positive behavior. Roy's study reveals the dynamics defining this volatile region, in which governments pursue China as an economic partner yet fear Beijing's power to set the rules of engagement.
In Return of the Dragon, Denny Roy has contributed a thoughtful, insightful, and current study of China's security environment, policies, and activities. The volume covers a lot of ground in an informative manner for both uninitiated and well-versed readers. Roy anticipates China becoming more assertive as its power increases, and his study helps to understand why this may be the case. David Shambaugh, George Washington University
This volume provides an excellent overview of the regional and global implications of China's growing power. Contemporary Southeast Asia
Denny Roy writes an insightful and compelling analysis of contemporary Chinese foreign policy as it relates to the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on security and strategic issues... An excellent book, which should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the phenomenon of China's rise in contemporary world politics. Asian Politics and Policy
A compelling portrait of the dissident as a man of sense, sensibility and principle. National
1. Introduction
2. A Chinese View of the World
3. U.S.-China Relations Under Hegemonic Transition
4. China's Military Rise
5. Japan and China: A Long Struggle with Bitter Resolve
6. Pressure on China's Neighbors
7. Mitigating Factors
8. Persistent Risk of Conflict
9. North Korea: Bothersome Client State
10. Taiwan in the PRC's Lengthening Shadow
11. The South China Sea Dispute
12. China and Global Security Issues
13. Conclusion
Notes
Index

About the Author

Denny Roy is a senior fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu and earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Chicago. His previous books include The Pacific War and Its Political Legacies and Taiwan: A Political History.