Regime Insecurity and International Cooperation: Explaining China's Compromises in Territorial Disputes

  title={Regime Insecurity and International Cooperation: Explaining China's Compromises in Territorial Disputes},
  author={M. Taylor Fravel},
  journal={International Security},
  • M. T. Fravel
  • Published 30 November 2005
  • Political Science
  • International Security
Since the 1995-96 Taiwan Strait crisis, scholars and policymakers have become increasingly concerned about China's territorial ambitions. Yet China has also used peaceful means to manage conficts, settling seventeen of its twenty-three territorial disputes, often with substantial compromises. This article develops a counterintuitive argument about the effects of domestic confict on foreign policy to explain China's behavior. Contrary to the diversionary war hypothesis, this argument posits that… 
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