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

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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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"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 Its conclusions will not be outdated soon, and it is accessible to all levels of students.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." - Choice

"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." - Library Journal

"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." - MBR California Bookwatch

"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." - Booklist
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Product Details

  • Series: Praeger Security International
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (April 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275989682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275989682
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,383,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Diane C. Donovan

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