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China debates the future security environment
Pillsbury, Michael.
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Washington, D.C. : National Defense University Press : For sale by the U.S. G.P.O., Supt. of Docs., 2000.
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xlvi, 382 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
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Shipping list no.: 2000-0141-P.
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This study offers over 600 selected quotations from the writings of over 200 Chinese authors published from 1994 to 1999. Analysis and interpretation are kept to a minimum so that the Chinese may speak for themselves. Many Chinese scholars assisted with this study by providing hard-to-get books and articles unfamiliar to most Westerners. Half the authors were interviewed in China. They explained some of the viewpoints in recent debates about the future security environment. Debates in China are generally concealed, and frequently authors pretend they do not exist. However muted they may be, China's debates about the future nevertheless exist and merit attention if we are to understand the premises of China's national strategy and set a baseline from which to measure any future change in these premises.

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Michael Pillsbury was educated at Stanford University and Columbia University. He is a former analyst at the RAND Corporation and has served in senior positions in the Defense Department and on the staff of four U.S. Senate committees. He is the director of the Center on Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute and has served in presidential administrations from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama.

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