For decades, China has been called a Dragon. Verily like a Dragon, China under its Communist Party burns its target nations' Comprehensive National Power (CNP) before unleashing its Peoples' Liberation Army (PLA), if needed.
This is based on the lessons learnt within wherein it subverted the masses with its ideology to gain political control. Thus, it does not need a very strong PLA to contend with many nations of the Indo-Pacific region, except, India, Japan, Australia and the USA, since the war in Ukraine has pinned NATO and EU to Europe.
This book focusses on this aspect of Chinese Grand Strategy of gaining /coercing influence and power in the region, without fighting.
Author: Maj Gen Rajiv Narayanan