Naval War College Review


Carmel Davis


Michael Swaine, author of the outstanding The Military & Political Succession in China (1992), and his fellow RAND analyst Ashley Tellis have written a very good book about Chinese security in both historical and fu- ture perspective. It will certainly be of inter- est to the policy community, as it should be to all who work on Asian security. Swaine and Tellis define grand strategy as a country’s “basic approach to political- military security.” China’s grand strategy seeks to preserve domestic order, defend against external threats, and eventually attain “geopolitical influence as a major,