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Preface 1. Introduction Part I. Layers of Culture: 2. The Chinese cult of defense 3. Bringing in the military Part II. Use of Force in the Mao Era: 4. Lips and teeth: China's decision to intervene in Korea 5. Support the Left: PLA intervention in the Cultural Revolution Part III. Use of Force in the Deng Era: 6. A self-defense counterattack: China's 1979 war with Vietnam 7. Why the People's Army fired on the people: Beijing, 1989 Part IV. Use of Force in the Post-Deng Era: 8. Show of force: the 1995-1996 Taiwan Strait crisis 9. Conclusion: explaining China's use of force.