In spite of the impressive population and size, the economic importance and the push to upgrade the military, China is a vulnerable country. As a nation, China is surrounded by powerful potential foes and rivals. Comprehending China’s foreign policy calls for full appreciation of the geostrategic challenges that exist even at times when the country has increasing influence over the neighboring nations. Nathan and Scobell analyze the country’s security worries at home, with the immediate neighbors, in the surrounding regional arrangements, and the world at large (Brown 17). Through reflecting on the issues that drive the Chinese policy, the authors offer a new point of view on the nation’s rise and the strategic plan for balancing both the American and the Chinese interests in Asia.
The new points of view advanced by the authors are founded at present, but it uses the past; going back into historical times illuminating the people and institutions that shape the modern Chinese strategy. The authors investigate the Chinese views towards the United States; explaining why the Republic of China is concerned about the neighbor, Japan (Brown 17). The study also uncovers China’s interest in troubled countries such as Iran, North Korea, and Sudan. Nathan and Scobell look into the recent problems in Xinjiang and Tibet and examine their connections to the forces out of the Chinese borders. The authors make considerations of the tactics used by China and Taiwan as the latter pursues to maintain independence in the reality of Chinese advances for unification. There is the evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the country’s main sources of power; military, soft and economic powers.
The authors make conclusions with the recommendations for the United States as it attempts to manage the rise of the Republic of China. The Chinese policymakers comprehend that their country’s stability, security, and prosperity is dependent on cooperation with the United States. If handled well, it is the authors’ belief that the two countries can come up with mutually beneficial results for both Asia and the world at large. I disagree with the authors on the fact that china’s policy is driven by fear rather than ambition. There lacks the fear factor that could solely ride the country’s affairs. On the other hand, I am persuaded by the authors that the Chinese system can be integrated into the current world order.