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By Ian Storey, Herbert Yee

This e-book examines perceptions of the 'China Threat', and governments' guidelines in keeping with this perceived danger in quite a lot of international locations, together with the USA, Russia, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, and nations within the heart East. Perceptions of the chinese language themselves also are checked out, the present safety issues and regulations of every kingdom are tested intimately, specifically the coverage of engagement, and destiny clients for relatives with China are assessed.

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First, in 1995, 1998 and 2000 the PRC issued a series of defence white papers explaining China’s good-neighbourly foreign policy tradition, its defensive national defence policy and military modernisation, as well as a plan to reduce the size of the PLA and China’s military expenditure. Secondly, in 1997 the Chinese government set up a ‘Comprehensive National Power Research Group’ consisting of more than a hundred scholars and experts in various fields. The research group used numerous indicators to compare the comprehensive national power (CNP) of the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, Japan and China during the period 1988–1998.

For the majority of people in China, the abandonment of central planning has brought newfound economic opportunities and rising standards of living. Economic growth has also given China a heightened political profile on the world stage, and the means to improve its security environment through military modernisation. For the West and China’s immediate neighbours, 18 HERBERT YEE AND IAN STOREY Beijing’s opening up to the outside world has created lucrative trade and investment opportunities. It has also turned the PRC into a more responsible and responsive international actor.

CHAPTER ONE Chinese Perspectives of the China Threat: Myth or Reality? Herbert Yee and Zhu Feng Introduction Before 1995, few Chinese leaders or scholars publicly refuted the ‘China Threat Theory’ (Zhongguo weixielun). 2 The People’s Daily article pointed out that the Bush administration had used the ‘China threat’ as an excuse to sell warplanes to Taiwan. Yet the response of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the China threat issue remained sporadic during 1993 and 1994. 3 However, the PRC’s responses to the China threat issue rose sharply in 1996, especially after the face-off between the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and US aircraft carriers in the Taiwan Straits.

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