Book Details

Book title: The Concept of Active Defence in China`s Military Strategy
Author(s): Amrita Jash
ISBN: 9789390095308
Publication Year: 2021
Binding: HB
Pages: 320
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China’s Rise is driven by the self-fulfilling prophecy of the Chinese Dream of “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”—A strong country with a strong Army! Beijing`s economic miracle has translated into a call for military preparedness guided by the logic of  “fight and win”. Wherein, China’s quest lies in perfecting the art of being ‘combat-ready’ with the aim of making the People’s Liberation Army a “World-Class Military”. 
While Beijing maintains that it has a defensive military posture; however, its growing military capabilities and increasing unilateral behavioural dispositions highlight an ‘offensive’ intent—demonstrating the ‘China Threat’. This very context calls for the probe: Does China Walk by Design? Thus, the need to decode ‘China’s Military Strategy’.

It is therefore, of interest to trace the evolution of the key concepts such as “active defence”, that define and shape China’s military strategy. In doing so, this book further advances the long standing debate on China’s military strategy from the rational of the ‘concept of active defence’. Here, ‘active defence’ is understood from the perspectives of its basic notions, linkage to China’s national and core interests, and the aspects of its implementation—to assess China’s strategic intentions and the implications of its military capabilities.

This book is an attempt to provide a lucid and comprehensive account of China’s military strategy. The book would be of interest to military professionals, policy makers, academics, practitioners and China watchers.

ABOUT Author

Dr. Amrita Jash is Research Fellow at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies, New Delhi. She is a recipient of  the prestigious Pavate Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. Currently, She is the Managing Editor of the CLAWS Journal.
Dr. Jash is a graduate of Lady Shri Ram College for Women (University of Delhi). She has a Masters in International Relations and an M.Phil and Ph.D in Chinese Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She received the Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat’s commendation in 2019 for contributing to the field of Chinese Studies.
Dr. Jash has been a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge (2019); a UGC Graduate Fellow (2012-2017); a researcher under Harvard-Yenching-Nanching Programme (2015); a researcher under China’s Ministry of Commerce (2014); and a US-INDIA-CHINA Initiative Fellow, SAIS-Johns Hopkins University (2013).

Dr. Jash’s research has appeared in 13 edited books and in Journals such as East Asian Policy, Review of Global Politics, Strategic Analysis, China Report, Yonsei Journal, Maritime Affairs and Strategic Vision, Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs . Her other publications have appeared in CSIS, RUSI, RSIS, Pacific Forum, ThinkChina, E-IR, Asia Times, Munk School, Crawford School, ISDP, China-India Brief, SADF, Huffington Post and others. She has also co-edited a book on    COVID-19 & Its Challenges: Is India Future Ready? (Pentagon Press, 2020)

Dr. Jash studies China’s foreign policy, the PLA, and security and strategic issues related to:  India-China, China-Japan and the Indo-Pacific.

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