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Over the past year Dr. Bates Gill, holder of the Freeman Chair at CSIS, and C.Fred Bergsten, president of IIE, have led four ...
Over the past year Dr. Bates Gill, holder of the Freeman Chair at CSIS, and C.Fred Bergsten, president of IIE, have led four task forces through a rigorous exercise of investigation and intelligence, compiling and analyzing the authoritative data on China's economy, foreign and domestic policy, and national security. Now that material has been shaped into an accessible narrative filled with facts, but written for the general reader. The expert judgments presented in China: The Balance Sheet will inform policymakers in Washington, scholars and the business community for years to come.
|1||Summary and overview : meeting the China challenge||1|
|2||China's domestic economy : continued growth or collapse?||18|
|3||China's domestic transformation : democratization or disorder?||40|
|4||China in the world economy : opportunity or threat?||73|
|5||China's foreign and security policy : partner or rival?||118|
|6||Conclusion : toward a new United States-China relationship||155|
Posted January 21, 2007
The authors provide a carefully written detailed view of contemporary China focusing on China's domestic economy, domestic transformation, and trade and relations with the West. They do just fine covering these topics, but fail badly when covering other issues like China's environmental crisis, health problems or education. These topics deserve far more attention than the few paragraphs offered here.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 14, 2006
This book is indispensable for anyone seeking solid information about China. No country has inspired more commentary, conflict and controversy, or given rise to more disparate and confusing predictions, projections and polemics. The authors - C. Fred Bergsten, Bates Gill, Nicholas R. Lardy and Derek Mitchell - focus on economic, political and security issues, carefully assessing the range of noteworthy opinions on each issue, and offering readers the data necessary to evaluate them. The authors do not attempt to make a case one way or the other. They provide an excellent, concise survey of contemporary thinking about China, with ample evidence for and against each viewpoint. We think that if you are only going to read one book on China, this should be it. If you are going to read several, start here.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 21, 2006
This work has a very aim, which explores popular themes about Chinese business world. But its depth is rather doubtful and the author lacks first hand experience and broad knowledge to make much sense out of it. For a far better book on the same topic, read China's Global Reach: Markets, Multinationals, and Globalization, written by a high-profile Chinese commentator and professional.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.