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China’s Search for Security by Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell (review)

China’s Search for Security by Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell (review) Reviews 151 Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell. China's Search for Security. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. xxv, 406 pp. Hardcover $32.95, isbn 978-0-231-14050-8. Andrew Nathan and Andrew Scobell have written a valuable survey of the foreign policy and national security behavior of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the many factors that bear upon it. The task they have set for themselves in this volume is to "look at China's security problems from the Chinese point of view in order to analyze how Chinese policymakers have tried to solve them" (p. xi). Ultimately, it is a book that offers advice to leaders in Washington about how to respond to the PRC's growing power and international influence. The book is very useful for the thoughtful breadth of its coverage of a great many important topics, but it is also an intriguing volume in part because of the ambivalence of its analysis -- or, at least, what at first seems to be ambivalence. On balance, from a U.S. policymaker's perspective, the fundamental conclusions with which Nathan and Scobell bracket their volume are broadly reassuring. China, they assure us, is "too bogged down in the security challenges within http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

China’s Search for Security by Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell (review)

China Review International , Volume 20 (1) – Jan 22, 2013

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Reviews 151 Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell. China's Search for Security. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. xxv, 406 pp. Hardcover $32.95, isbn 978-0-231-14050-8. Andrew Nathan and Andrew Scobell have written a valuable survey of the foreign policy and national security behavior of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the many factors that bear upon it. The task they have set for themselves in this volume is to "look at China's security problems from the Chinese point of view in order to analyze how Chinese policymakers have tried to solve them" (p. xi). Ultimately, it is a book that offers advice to leaders in Washington about how to respond to the PRC's growing power and international influence. The book is very useful for the thoughtful breadth of its coverage of a great many important topics, but it is also an intriguing volume in part because of the ambivalence of its analysis -- or, at least, what at first seems to be ambivalence. On balance, from a U.S. policymaker's perspective, the fundamental conclusions with which Nathan and Scobell bracket their volume are broadly reassuring. China, they assure us, is "too bogged down in the security challenges within

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Published: Jan 22, 2013

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