Accession Number : ADA421925


Title :   China Debates the Future Security Environment


Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Pillsbury, Michael


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a421925.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2000


Pagination or Media Count : 421


Abstract : This study's main finding is that for these Chinese authors, the future security environment is remarkably clear, even if some aspects are still subject to debate. Surprisingly, this clear picture is consistent with what Chairman Mao and Premier Zhou Enlai told President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger 25 years ago: namely, a multipolar world was emerging and that four nations threatened China-Russia, India, Japan, and America. Although there is some debate among them, Chinese authors consistently express suspicions about other foreign powers, especially the United States, Japan, and India. As Stanford Professor of Political Science Michel Oksenberg states, China's leaders are naturally suspicious of foreign powers. They believe that foreign leaders tend to be reluctant to welcome China's rise in world affairs and would prefer to delay or obstruct its progress. They fear that many in the outside world would prefer to divide China if given the opportunity. China's leaders retain in their minds a strategic map of the points on their periphery that make them vulnerable to foreign influence.


Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY , *GEOPOLITICS , *CHINA , INDIA , WARFARE , GLOBAL , NATIONS , UNITED STATES , POLITICAL SCIENCE , FOREIGN , LEADERSHIP , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , JAPAN , RUSSIA , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE