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China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia Paperback – December 23, 2009
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[A] provocative book. (Steve Tsang Times Higher Education Supplement)
[Kang] provocatively contends that China's aspirational rise will make the East Asian region more stable. (Charles Burton Globe & Mail)
A refreshing read... should be required reading for everyone concerned about the rise of China or East Asian international relations. (Andrew Scobell, Texas A&M University Political Science Quarterly)
Any serious student of Asia will find China Rising challenging, and will give that reader a good deal to consider--and perhaps rethink. (John Frankenstein Far Eastern Economic Review)
Clearly written and cogently argued, this book is essential reading for all audiences. (CHOICE)
A very useful guide to international relations in the region today. (Robert E. Bedeski Pacific Affairs)
A refreshing, persuasive, and provocative book. (Military Review)
China Rising is genuinely exceptional. (Jungmin Seo Korean Studies)
China Rising offers an alternative approach to international relations in East Asia that ought to stimulate debate. (Stefan Fergus East Asia)
Over the past three decades, China has rapidly emerged as a major regional power, yet East Asia has been more peaceful than at any time since the Opium Wars of 1839-1841. Why has the region accommodated China's rise? David C. Kang believes certain preferences and beliefs are responsible for maintaining stability in East Asia. His research shows that East Asian states have grown closer to China, with little evidence that the region is rupturing. These states see China's rise as advantageous and are willing to defer judgment as to China's wishes and future actions. They believe that a strong China stabilizes East Asia, while a weak China tempts other states to seek control of the region. Kang's provocative work reveals the flaws in contemporary views on China and offers a new understanding of sound U.S. policy in East Asia.
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My only complaint with Kang's book is that it's riddled with grammatical and spelling errors. This is simply unacceptable for an academic publication, and it makes me think that Kang was eager to have his book published as soon as possible.
However, Kang's ideas are presented logically and are expressed well, making "China Rising" an enjoyable read for anyone who's interested in the political economy of East Asia.