Return of the Dragon: Rising China and Regional Security
Denny Roy. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. 288 pp. $35.
Reviewed by Captain Dale C. Rielage, U.S. Navy
Readers looking to make sense of China’s impact on global politics and security can choose from a growing array of excellent overviews of this complex topic. Most recent works, however, not only inform but advocate specific policy approaches that color their analysis and presentation.
In Return of the Dragon, Denny Roy, a senior fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, sets out to identify the security consequences of a stronger China, rather than suggest U.S. actions in response. This descriptive rather than proscriptive approach, combined with a measured writing style, has produced a tightly focused introduction to this complex, multifaceted strategic problem.