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Tunsjø&Ross (eds.) Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China

Structural and domestic variables influence how East Asian states adjust their strategy in light of the rise of China.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Title: Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China. Power and Politics in East Asia
Editors: Øystein Tunsjø and Robert Ross
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Published: 2017
Number of pages: 304
ISBN 978-1-5017-0918-0 (Hardcover), 978-1-5017-0919-7 (paperback)

Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China demonstrates how structural and domestic variables influence how East Asian states adjust their strategy in light of the rise of China, including how China manages its own emerging role as a regional great power. 

The contributors note that the shifting regional balance of power has fueled escalating tensions in East Asia and suggest that adjustment challenges are exacerbated by the politics of policymaking. International and domestic pressures on policymaking are reflected in maritime territorial disputes and in the broader range of regional security issues created by the rise of China.

Adjusting to power shifts and managing a new regional order in the face of inevitable domestic pressure, including nationalism, is a challenging process. Both the United States and China have had to adjust to China's expanded capabilities. China has sought an expanded influence in maritime East Asia; the United States has responded by consolidating its alliances and expanding its naval presence in East Asia. 

The region's smaller countries have also adjusted to the rise of China. They have sought greater cooperation with China, even as they try to sustain cooperation with the United States. As China continues to rise and challenge the regional security order, the contributors consider whether the region is destined to experience increased conflict and confrontation.


  • Ian Bowers, Norwegian Defence University College and Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies
  • Daniel W. Drezner, Tufts University, Brookings Institution, and Washington Post
  • Taylor M. Fravel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Bjørn Elias Mikalsen Grønning, Norwegian Defence University College and Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies
  • Chung-in Moon, Yonsei University and Chairman, Presidential Committee on Northeast Asia Cooperation Initiative, Republic of Korea
  • James Reilly, University of Sydney
  • Robert S. Ross, Boston College and Harvard University
  • Randall L. Schweller, The Ohio State University
  • Øystein Tunsjø, Norwegian Defence University College and the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies
  • Wang Dong, Peking University


  1. Introduction
  2. Domestic Politics and Nationalism in East Asian Security, Randall L. Schweller
  3. U.S.–China Relations From Unipolar Hedging toward Bipolar Balancing, Oystein Tunsjo
  4. Perception, Misperception, and Sensitivity: Chinese Economic Power and Preferences afte rhte 2008 Financial Crisis, Daniel W. Drezner
  5. Two Asias? China's Rise, Dual Structure, and the Alliance System in East Asia, Wang Dong
  6. Part II Japan, South Korea, and the Rise of China: National Security and Nationalism
  7. Protecting the Status Quo: Japan's Response to the Rise of China, Ian bowers and Bjorn Elias Mikasen Gronning
  8. Popular Nationalism and Economic Interests in China's Japan Policy, James Reilly
  9. China's Rise and Security Dynamics on the Korean Peninsula, Chung-in Moon
  10. Part III Great Power Relations and Regional Conflict
  11. Threading the Needle: The South China Sea Disputes and U.S. China Relations
  12. The United States and China in Northeast Asia: Third-Party Coercion and Alliance Relations, Robert S. Ross
  13. Conclusion: East Asia at the Center: Power Shifts and Theory, Oystein Tunsjo


"The contributors to this impressive book grapple with looming questions in the Asian region, including the most important: Are we headed into a period of increased conflict and confrontation? Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China takes note of escalating tensions in Asia over the last several years as Beijing appears to have assumed a more assertive stance over a variety of territorial issues and with regards to the United States."—Allen R. Carlson, Cornell University, author of Unifying China, Integrating with the World: Securing Chinese Sovereignty in the Reform Era 

Publisert 27. juli 2017 10:00.. Sist oppdatert 9. februar 2018 13:52.