China's Power Paradox

China has striven to moderate at least the appearence of its global ambitions.

Issue: Spring 2006

Avery Goldstein, Rising to the Challenge: China's Grand Strategy and International Security (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2005), 274 pp., $57.95.

Alastair Iain Johnston and Robert Ross (eds.), New Directions in the Study of China's Foreign Policy (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2006), 448 pp., $24.95.

David Shambaugh (ed.), Power Shift: China and Asia's New Dynamics (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005), 383 pp., $24.95.

Robert G. Sutter, China's Rise in Asia: Promises and Perils (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), 297 pp., $24.95.

Nancy Bernkopf Tucker (ed.), Dangerous Strait: The U.S.-Taiwan-China Crisis (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005), 272 pp., $39.50.

THE NATIONAL goals of the People's Republic of China are obvious and unsurprising: China intends to become a great power, to expand its wealth and influence and to achieve regional pre-eminence in East Asia at the expense of the now-dominant United States. What China's leaders and the officials and intellectuals who comprise the country's foreign policy elite have been debating is the question of how to get there from here.

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