470 China Review International: Vol. 7, No. 2, Fall 2000 Wilfried A. Herrmann, editor. Asia's Security Challenges. Commack, New York: Nova Science Publishers, 1998. 345 pp. Hardcover $59.00, ISBN 1 560726210. Popular images of the security situation in Asia include recent photographs in the New York Times of members of the Taiwan Special Forces lifting rubber boats above their heads on a beach and soldiers of the People's Republic of China (PRC) conducting military maneuvers across the Taiwan Strait. This imagery illustrates the central security concern in Asia in the mind of the general public-- the potential military conflict between the People's Republic of China and Taiwan. Yet, as Wilfried Herrmann points out in this collection of essays, Asia has had many other security issues with which to contend. Ranging from economic development to piracy and superterrorism, Asia's Security Challenges presents a virtual Chinese banquet of these security issues with multiple dishes to sample. As Henrich Seeman, Ambassador from the Federal Republic of Germany, notes in the short foreword, "the Asian-Pacific region changed from a region of permanent crisis to a major economic growth area of the world. . . . This [change] is mainly based on the
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Sep 1, 2000
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