This volume examines the unfolding relationships among the five great powers in Asia—the United States, China, India, Japan and Russia. It explores recent bilateral relations between these states. While the central theme is how China, the rising power, and the US, the sole superpower, will deal with each other, their policies and interactions will need to factor in the other three powers who will play significant roles in defining peace and stability in Asia.

‘The Strength of Weakness’: The Context and Construction of Chinese Foreign Policy

‘The strength of weakness’: The context and construction of Chinese foreign policy

‘Everything reverses direction upon reaching its extreme’ and ‘the strong shall be weakened’ are ancient sayings. If you understand and employ the principle behind them, you too will be able to overcome strength with weakness.

From the Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching) by the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Dzu (Lao Tzu)


The post-World War II international and inter-systemic politics has played itself out in the most telling manner in East Asia and the Pacific. This region has arguably seen the most extraordinary transformation from the heyday of the Cold War to the so-called post-Cold War era, when the socialist bloc collapsed and forces ...

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