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Chinese and Indian Strategic Behavior: Growing Power and Alarm 0th Edition

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"Chinese and Indian Strategic Behavior... is a wake up call for policy makers in Washington."  --Andrew Browne, The Wall Street Journal

"A methodical and comparative look at Chinese and Indian policy behaviour, defense spending, strategic doctrine, and trade relations. Gilboy and Heginbotham make a powerful case for an American policy that would be 'based on a nuanced, pragmatic realism'." -- The Economist

"Essential reading for anyone who wants a serious understanding of China's international strategy, military doctrine and capacity, and potential impact on the global power balance. The book's forensic analysis of military spending is a tour de force." -- Aurthur Kroeber, China Economic Quarterly

“Much like Harold Isaacs in the late 1950s, Gilboy and Heginbotham set out to challenge a dominant assumption in the current American debate on the geopolitics of Asia. Its political realism is refreshing.  Chinese and Indian Strategic Behavior  should also help the Indian strategic community develop a pragmatic view of the partnership with the U.S." -- C. Raja Mohan

“This fascinating book provides a needed corrective to the all-too-common view in Washington that China is simply a threat and India a reliable ally. Gilboy and Heginbotham show that both states pose security challenges, albeit of different kinds.” --Robert J. Art, Brandeis University and Director, Seminar XXI Program, MIT

“At last we have a rigorous and systematic comparison of modern Chinese and Indian defense and security policies and structures. As such, it is an invaluable resource for understanding Asia's strategic destiny.” --Stephen P. Cohen, Brookings Institution

“This is a well-written, thoroughly researched, and erudite comparison of Indian and Chinese security doctrine and practice. The book shows that the growing view in the United States of China as an implacable adversary and India as a natural ally is simplistic and naive.” --Alistair Iain Johnston, Harvard University

Chinese and Indian Strategic Behavior is a seminal comparative treatment of the international behavior of Asia's rising powers, China and India, and their implications for the United States.” --Admiral Timothy J. Keating, Former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command

“This systematic and well-researched analysis makes a major contribution...bringing an insightful comparative perspective to bear in the perennial U.S. controversy about China's rise and at the same time providing a welcome stimulus to the debate the United States should have about India's growing power.” --Alice Lyman Miller, Stanford University --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description

This book offers an empirical comparison of Chinese and Indian international strategic behavior. The book creates a framework for the systematic and objective assessment of Chinese and Indian strategic behavior in four areas: (1) strategic culture; (2) foreign policy and use of force; (3) military modernization (including defense spending, military doctrine, and force modernization); and (4) economic strategies (including international trade and energy competition).

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107020050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107020054
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,609,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this volume, Gilboy and Heginbotham offer an excellent and original comparison of Chinese and Indian strategic behavior. The main point that the authors make is that though in the United States China and India are seen as very different actors - primarily because India is democratic and China is not - in reality their foreign policies are quite similar. Both are suspicious of US hegemonic designs. Both are highly critical of outside powers intervention in the domestic affairs of other countries. They share similar views on global warming (the West should pay for the costs of reducing emissions) and many international trade issues. And both countries have adopted offensive military force postures and military doctrines, allowing them to put considerable coercive pressure on their neighbors. Behind this convergence of foreign policy approaches is their common status as rising regional powers as well as a tough nosed, Realpolitik approach to foreign affairs on the part of their strategic elites. In short, geo-strategic location trumps any differences in political ideology and democratic traditions.

At times, it seems that Heginbotham and Gilboy may go too far in stressing the similarities between China and India. After all, China on the whole appears to be far more assertive on territorial issues than is India, and it fits in more poorly with the existing global international order that was created by the United States and its allies in the wake of World War II. Moreover their characterization of strategic culture arguments is a bit simplistic and seems something of a straw man.

Nonetheless, the overall thrust of their arguments is highly persuasive, and backed with a wealth of empirical material.
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I've read work by these authors before, as always highly informative and written in a clear non-pedantic manner. Reads like an extended Foreign Policy expose. Well recommended
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