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China: The Balance Sheet - What the World Needs to Know Now about the Emerging Superpower

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China's emergence as a major international power is perhaps the most important development in world affairs of the 21st century. Now, on the eve of a visit to Washington by Chinese leader Hu Jintao, this book provides an indispensable survey of that country, the world's largest -- a vast land with 1.4 billion people and the world's most dynamic economy.

Over the past year Dr. Bates Gill, holder of the Freeman Chair at CSIS, and C.Fred Bergsten, president of IIE, have led four ...

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China: The Balance Sheet: What the World Needs to Know Now About the Emerging Superpower

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Overview

China's emergence as a major international power is perhaps the most important development in world affairs of the 21st century. Now, on the eve of a visit to Washington by Chinese leader Hu Jintao, this book provides an indispensable survey of that country, the world's largest -- a vast land with 1.4 billion people and the world's most dynamic economy.

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.

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.... Brings out the complexities of China's development and...what the United States can or should be doing to encourage China's advancement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586484644
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 4/17/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Table of Contents

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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    A Good General Introduction to China

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2006

    Indispensable information on China's growth and impact.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2006

    intersting work, but not enough

    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.

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