ISBN-10:
0691136092
ISBN-13:
9780691136097
Pub. Date:
09/14/2008
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Strong Borders, Secure Nation: Cooperation and Conflict in China's Territorial Disputes

Strong Borders, Secure Nation: Cooperation and Conflict in China's Territorial Disputes

by M. Taylor Fravel
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Overview

As China emerges as an international economic and military power, the world waits to see how the nation will assert itself globally. Yet, as M. Taylor Fravel shows in Strong Borders, Secure Nation, concerns that China might be prone to violent conflict over territory are overstated. The first comprehensive study of China's territorial disputes, Strong Borders, Secure Nation contends that China over the past sixty years has been more likely to compromise in these conflicts with its Asian neighbors and less likely to use force than many scholars or analysts might expect.

By developing theories of cooperation and escalation in territorial disputes, Fravel explains China's willingness to either compromise or use force. When faced with internal threats to regime security, especially ethnic rebellion, China has been willing to offer concessions in exchange for assistance that strengthens the state's control over its territory and people. By contrast, China has used force to halt or reverse decline in its bargaining power in disputes with its militarily most powerful neighbors or in disputes where it has controlled none of the land being contested. Drawing on a rich array of previously unexamined Chinese language sources, Strong Borders, Secure Nation offers a compelling account of China's foreign policy on one of the most volatile issues in international relations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691136097
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 09/14/2008
Series: Princeton Studies in International History and Politics , #111
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 873,053
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

M. Taylor Fravel is associate professor of political science and member of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
List of Tables xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Abbreviations xv
INTRODUCTION 1
CHAPTER ONE: Cooperation and Escalation in Territorial Disputes 10
CHAPTER TWO: Cooperation in Frontier Disputes in the 1960s 70
CHAPTER THREE: Cooperation in Frontier Disputes in the 1990s 126
CHAPTER FOUR: Escalation in Frontier Disputes 173
CHAPTER FIVE:Homeland Disputes 220
CHAPTER SIX: Offshore Island Disputes 267
CONCLUSION 300
APPENDIX: Overview of China's Territorial Disputes 321
Bibliography 335
Index 363

What People are Saying About This

Allen Carlson

Tightly framed and carefully reasoned, this excellent book addresses an obvious gap in the study of Chinese foreign policy and national security. I believe that this book will become the benchmark text in the field for years to come.
Allen Carlson, Cornell University

Art

Fravel has given us a compelling and comprehensive account of why China has generally compromised in its territorial disputes with its neighbors rather than resort to force. In the process, he has made significant advances in both international relations theory and Chinese foreign policy.
Robert J. Art, Brandeis University

Freeman

Fravel uses China, which has had more territories in dispute with neighbors than any other state since World War II, to form and test hypotheses about when states are likely to go to war or cooperate to solve territorial disputes. The result is both the first comprehensive benchmark study of China's behavior along its frontiers and a brilliant contribution to political science.
Chas W. Freeman, Jr., former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs

From the Publisher

"This excellent book is the first to systematically examine China's handling of territorial disputes and shows why in many cases, the country has been willing to negotiate and concede. The reasons given are novel and provocative, and challenge conventional wisdom about the relationship between domestic unrest and external aggressiveness. This book will be the gold standard for further work on a vital but understudied topic."—Alastair Iain Johnston, Harvard University

Alan Wachman

A counterintuitive and bracing dose of reality, Fravel's exemplary book manifests contextual nuance derived from plentiful Chinese sources, an elegant argument, and the conceptual rigor valued in contemporary political science. Strong Borders, Secure Nation will be the standard-bearer among studies of China's experience managing territorial disputes.
Alan Wachman, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Alastair Iain Johnston

This excellent book is the first to systematically examine China's handling of territorial disputes and shows why in many cases, the country has been willing to negotiate and concede. The reasons given are novel and provocative, and challenge conventional wisdom about the relationship between domestic unrest and external aggressiveness. This book will be the gold standard for further work on a vital but understudied topic.
Alastair Iain Johnston, Harvard University

Ross

Strong Borders, Secure Nation is a significant work of scholarship. M. Taylor Fravel has combined authoritative and extensive research of Chinese documents with sophisticated political science methodologies. The result is both a comprehensive and definitive work on Chinese policy toward border disputes as well as a persuasive theoretical approach to the international politics of territorial conflicts.
Robert S. Ross, Boston College

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