1 Asia’s China Dilemma
2 The Revolutionary Overture
3 The normalization
4 Briefcase Revisionism
5 Peaceful Development
6 Elusive harmony
7 Economic power
8 The unlikely military equilibrium
9 Another great power tragedy
In China?s Coming War with Asia, Jonathan Holslag explains why a rising China cannot help but become a revisionist power. As Beijing grows stronger, it will seek greater influence over key global institutions, strive to reduce the U.S. role in Asia, and attempt to alter the regional order in Asia in its favor. His analysis is nuanced and his tone is measured, but his conclusions are far-reaching, ominous, and compelling. The book is a must-read for anyone who wants to see beyond today?s headlines and get a glimpse of the more dangerous future that lies ahead.
Stephen M. Walt, Harvard Kennedy School
China?s ambition is to rise peacefully. Avoiding fierce conflicts with its Asian neighbors is essential to such goals. Jonathan Holslag makes a brilliant case for the geopolitical dilemma facing the rising China, and his argument that China will likely enter into major conflict with Asia is compelling and thoughtful. Both Chinese experts and decision-makers will find this book illuminating reading.
Men Honghua, Central Party School, China
An intellectually challenging and well-written argument by one of Europe?s brightest young Asia hands that Asia is doomed to war because China?s aspirations and the expectations of its Asian neighbors are irreconcilable. Well worth reading even by those who believe that smart diplomacy can preserve peace.
Susan L. Shirk, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, UC-San Diego
"The book... provides a very timely and readable account of the challenges China, the region, and the United States face related to Chinas rise."