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“A powerful survey highly recommended for any serious collection on China’s politics and place in the world.”—Midwest Book Review

“Rather than dismissing the principle of (peaceful) coexistence as either propaganda or a necessary policy of a weak power, Liselotte Odgaard unravels the concept as the driving strategy behind China’s foreign and national security policy and shows how it has been successful in both protecting and progressively maximizing China’s interests.”—David Shambaugh, George Washington University

“A superior analysis of a topic of tremendous importance to scholars and policy makers alike.”—Qingmin Zhang, Peking University

Chapter List



1. The Art of Walking on Two Legs: China’s National Security Strategy since the Cold War

2. Theoretical, Historical, and Strategic Alternatives to Chinese-Style Peaceful Coexistence

3. Coexistence: A Strategy of Influence for Would-Be Great Powers

4. China’s Policies on Conflict Resolution: The South China Sea, the Chinese-Russian, and the Chinese-Indian Border Disputes

5. China’s Policies on Diplomacy: The Cases of Iran, Sudan, and Myanmar

6. China’s Policies on Legitimacy: The Cases of Taiwan, Xinjiang, and Japan

7. Conclusion: Making Sense of China’s National Security Strategy

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