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Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of ChinaPower and Politics in East Asia$
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Robert S. Ross

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501709180

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501709180.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China

Robert S. Ross

Øystein Tunsjø Ross

Tunsjø Tunsjø

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter focuses on the underlying sources of these recent challenges to the regional order; the implications of these developments for China, the United States and the region's smaller states; and the challenges these states have encountered in developing policy responses that contribute to both their national security and regional stability. Scholars understand that the most significant factor contributing to heightened regional instability has been the rise of China. Although China has yet to catch up to the United States in security affairs and its future is uncertain, it is clear that after nearly thirty-five years of economic growth and military modernization, China now plays a more significant role in East Asian economic and strategic orders and poses a greater challenge to U.S leadership.

Keywords:   China, United States, regional stability, security affairs, economic growth, military modernization, East Asia

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