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Looking for Balance: China, the United States, and Power Balancing in East Asia

Steve Chan


Debate surrounding “China's rise” and the prospects of its possible challenge to America's preeminence in international relations in East Asia has focused on two questions, rooted in power-balancing theory: whether the United States should “contain” or “engage” China; and whether the rise of Chinese power has inclined other East Asian states to “balance” against Beijing by alignment with the United States. By drawing on alternative theoretic approaches—most especially “balance-of-threat” theory, political economic theory, and theories surrounding regime survival in multilateral rather than bil ... More

Keywords: China, United States, East Asia, power balancing, balance of threat, political economic theory, international relations, foreign policy, regime survival

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804778206
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804778206.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steve Chan, author