29 February, 2016
The Liberal Art University in Hong Kong
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China’s nuclear capability is crucial for the balance of power in East Asia and the world. Employing the insights of structural realism, Prof Zhang Baohui’s new book entitled China’s assertive nuclear posture: State security in an anarchic international order argues that the imperatives of an anarchic international order have been the central drivers of China’s nuclear assertiveness. The book also assesses the likely impact of China’s emerging nuclear posture on its neighbours and on the international strategic balance, especially with the United States.

Another book entitled Revolutions as Organizational Change, also written by Prof Zhang, compares peasant revolutions in Hunan and Jiangzi between 1926 and 1934. It offers a new organisational perspective on peasant revolutions. Utilising newly available historical materials in the PRC in the reform era, it challenges the established view that the great Chinese revolution of the twentieth century was a revolution “made” by the Chinese Communist Party.