China's Gender Imbalance and Its Implications on China-Japan and China-Taiwan Security Relations
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS
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The purpose of this thesis is to investigate how Chinas gender imbalance could affect East Asian security with respect to China-Japan relations and China-Taiwan relations. The research result is ambiguous in that Chinas excess males may or may not force the Chinese government to adopt a more aggressive foreign policy stance with Japan and Taiwan. On the one hand, the Chinese government has been relatively calm in its dealings with Japan and Taiwan, despite the rise of Chinese nationalism. The Chinese government actively contains antisocial behaviors associated with excess males without seriously affecting bilateral relations with Japan or Taiwan. On the other hand, appealing to nationalistic fervor to strengthen regime legitimacy could force the Chinese government to be more belligerent. Inaction by the Chinese government in response to Japanese or Taiwanese provocation could compel many in China to engage in mass uprisings against the state, thus threatening the regimes power. The thesis presents possible options for mitigating the social and political tensions presented by these excess males, and for preventing potential regional instability. These mitigating options include war, public works projects, population control, a foreign marriage tax, state-sponsored matchmaking, testosterone reduction, and United Nations peacekeeping.
- Government and Political Science
- Sociology and Law