China and Coexistence: Beijing's National Security Strategy for the Twenty-First Century
"Peaceful coexistence," long a key phrase in China’s strategic thinking, is a constructive doctrine that offers China a path for influencing the international system. So argues Liselotte Odgaard in this timely analysis of China's national security strategy in the context of its foreign policy practice. China’s program of peaceful coexistence emphasizes absolute sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of other states. Odgaard suggests that China’s policy of working within the international community and with non-state actors such as the UN aims to win for China greater power and influence without requiring widespread exercise of military or economic pressure.
Liselotte Odgaard is associate professor of security studies at the Institute for Strategy of the Royal Danish Defence College in Copenhagen. From 2003 to 2007, Odgaard was associate professor of international relations in the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark. She has also held positions as a visiting scholar at a number of international academic institutions, including Harvard University, the London School of Economics, Renmin University (China), and the Institute for Far Eastern Studies (Moscow). In 2008-09 she was a Wilson Center fellow. Her research has focused on conflict between China and Southeast Asian nations in the South China Sea and the potential for using these disputes to craft a new form of regional order in East Asia. Her publications include Maritime Security between China and Southeast Asia: Conflict and Cooperation in the Making of Regional Order (Ashgate, 2002), and The Balance of Power in Asia-Pacific Security: U.S.-China Policies on Regional Order (Routledge, 2007).