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Understanding China and India: Security Implications for the United States and the World (Praeger Security International) [Kindle Edition]

Rollie Lal
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Key to developing national security strategy is figuring out what other countries want. What are their national interests? How do they perceive them? How do they project them onto the world stage? Understanding all of this helps us to predict their behavior. In developing a national security strategy for Asia, the United States must take into account the desires of two emerging giants of the 21st century: China and India. We would be mistaken, Lal argues, if we lumped China and India together in one Asian policy, because these two countries differ greatly from one another.

Based on over 120 in-depth interviews with government officials and scholars in Beijing and New Delhi, the author's research yields some surprising news about the differences between China and India. Chinese leaders define their national interest as preservation of the state and territorial unity, whereas Indian decision makers define their national interests in relation to forces beyond India, such as the forces of globalization and their geopolitical status. One factor that accounts for these differences, among the many explored in this book, is the influence of one-party rule in China and parliamentary democracy in India. Another important finding is that China and India are unlikely to pursue hostility with each other. The U.S. approach to Asia will need to take these differences into account.


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Lal's timely subject is the increasing power of China and India, and he specifically addresses the perceptions of each country's foreign policy elite toward the outside world, especially the U.S. Constructing the book around interviews with dozens of officials, Lal induces them to identify their country's core national interests. Although both China and India have shed socialism and liberalized their economies in the past two decades, economics is not the primary concern of Lal's Chinese interlocutors. Taiwan is. Their language, quoted at length, is belligerent on this issue. The Indian experts, on the other hand, are not as exercised by India's territorial claims: they do, however, resent the primacy of the U.S. in international economic institutions. Thus, the rapprochement between India and China, who went to war in 1962, has become an important feature of the international landscape. Lal's original research will assist those engaged in the study of Asia's international politics. Gilbert Taylor
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"Understanding China and India: Security Implications for the United States and the World is a 'must' for college-level students of either nation: it covers all the insights needed to understand a national security strategy for Asia and the interactions between two emerging powers which are very different in their approaches….[a]n essential guide."

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"Lal's timely subject is the increasing power of China and India, and he specifically addresses the perceptions of each country's foreign policy elite toward the outside world, especially the U.S…..Lal's original research will assist those engaged in the study of Asia's international politics."

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"Will China and India promote their national interests by competition, by cooperation, or by going to war? In order to see how people define their national interest, Lal, a political scientist with expertise on Asian security, terrorism, and organized crime, goes beyond the received government word to ask citizens and leaders in China and India their perceptions of the basic needs, accomplishments, and aims of each country. The structure of her book is formal and the tone impersonal. Sections, almost like entries in a reference work, compare and evaluate Chinese and Indian responses. But the effect is bracing, leading the reader to browse and speculate. Recommended for specialist collections."

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"This volume will be a good addition to all university and college libraries with significant holdings in international affairs or Asian studies. Its conclusions will not be outdated soon, and it is accessible to all levels of students. Lal posits that China and India have radically divergent views of their own national interests. Extensive interviewing of government officials and academics in both countries led the author to conclude that China sees its national interest as preservation of the state and its territorial unity, while India defines its future more in terms of the impact of globalization and its geopolitical status. Moreover, the author argues that despite these different views, China and India have pursued quite similar policies: economic reform and defense modernization. As a policy analyst, Lal succinctly and persuasively lays out the implications for the larger world, including the US, of the emergence of these two Asian superpowers in the coming century. The book is well researched, cogently argued, and well documented, and includes the interview questions used in its research. Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through practitioners."

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  • Publisher: Praeger (April 30, 2006)
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UNDERSTANDING CHINA AND INDIA: SECURITY IMPLICATIONS FOR THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD is a 'must' for college-level students of either nation: it covers all the insights needed to understand a national security strategy for Asia and the interactions between two emerging powers who are very different in their approaches. Eighty detailed interviews with government officials and scholars in Beijing and New Delhi profile these differences, defining national interests of each nation and how these interests interact on the global market. From differences in political structure and objectives to party influences and interactions with the U.S., UNDERSTANDING CHINA AND INDIA is an essential guide.

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More About the Author

Dr. Rollie Lal is the author of books on international security, and upcoming thrillers. Her books offer insights into the history, politics, and strategies of the Muslim world, hot topics such as China, India, and Iran, and the countries of Central Asia. Some of her titles include Understanding China and India, Central Asia and Its Asian Neighbors, Iran's Political, Demographic, and Economic Vulnerabilities, and the Muslim World After 9/11. Rollie has served as an international security specialist for the RAND Corporation, as a professor for the US Department of Defense, and as a journalist for the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun. She is an intrepid traveler to exotic and often dangerous locales, and shares the insights of her fascinating adventures with her readers. She lives in Virginia with her husband Steven and daughter Isis.



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