Military Power and Policy in Asian States: China, India, Japan

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Military Power and Policy in Asian States: China, India, Japan

Edited by Onkar Marwah and Jonathan D. Pollack
Westview Press, 1980
180 pp. $18.50
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A useful introduction to the force levels, defense spending and security perspectives of three of Asia's key powers, China, India and Japan. Pollack stresses China's military weakness: "Especially for an economy at China's overall level of technology and industrial development, the most appropriate focus is on constraints, not choices. All too often, scholars ignore the obvious limits of Chinese power that cannot be overcome without prodigious long-term effort." Marwah stresses India's slow but steady accumulation of military power, including an impressive nuclear base that is ahead of China's. Nakada notes the Japanese potential for acquiring a far more forceful conventional defense posture.

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