China and International Security
History, Strategy, and 21st-Century Policy
by Donovan C. Chau and Thomas M. Kane, Editors
April 2014, 880pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
3 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-0001-6
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China’s future role will have profound implications for international security.

The first work of its kind, this strategic assessment of China's national security reveals the nation's intentions, capabilities, and threats—and their implications for the United States and the world.

As China continues to develop the strategic means to advance its national interests in Asia and around the world, assessing its role in international security is the greatest strategic challenge now faced by the United States and its allies. China and International Security facilitates this critically important understanding, analyzing topics that range from strategic geography and orientation to gender ratios. Using detailed case studies and sharing expert insights, the work provides historical, internal, and contemporary analyses that reveal the nature and character of China’s national security.

This three-volume set is written for scholars, students, and policymakers. The volumes offer in-depth articles penned by intelligence professionals and journalists, as well as entries by scholars in fields as diverse as international politics, history, and strategic studies. While other works may attempt to predict the future of China’s rise or the nature of China’s future bilateral relationships, none so thoroughly examines the totality of China’s domestic, regional, and international security—and their implications.


  • Offers a strategic assessment of China, past and present
  • Analyzes China's traditional and non-traditional security threats, including economic and resource security
  • Provides a cogent examination of China's security strategies—historically, regionally, and internationally
  • Includes in-depth discussions of China's internal security dynamics
  • Shares original research performed by leading scholars in the field, professional intelligence analysts, and journalists based in East Asia
Donovan C. Chau, PhD, is associate professor of political science at California State University, San Bernardino. Educated at Claremont McKenna College, Missouri State University, and the University of Reading, his teaching and research focus on international politics, particularly in Asia and Africa. He has written book chapters, journal articles, monographs, and two books, including Exploiting Africa: The Influence of Maoist China in Algeria, Ghana, and Tanzania.

Thomas M. Kane, PhD, is senior lecturer at the University of Hull, specializing in strategic studies and international relations with a particular interest in East Asia. His published works include Chinese Grand Strategy and Maritime Power and Ancient China on Postmodern War. His bookStrategy: Key Thinkers includes substantial material on ancient and 20th-century Chinese military thought.


"The work brings great specificity to how China may choose to pursue its national security interests. A specialized set that belongs in large academic libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections."—Choice, December 1, 2014

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