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China is the most rapidly and dramatically changing society in the world. Consequently, China Watchers have never been in higher demand to analyze and interpret it for multiple audiences. This book assesses the scholarship of China Watchers from Europe, Japan and the United States over the last decade in three specific areas, the Chinese economy, Chinese domestic politics, and China's foreign relations and national security. Contributions from leading experts in the field contrast the different research foci, methodologies and conclusions that are drawn by Sinologists regarding the complexities of contemporary China. Debates such as the sustainability of China's economic growth, the prospects for political change, the degree to which China constitutes a "threat" to the world with its heightened international profile and military modernization, and other issues are all hotly debated among China Watchers worldwide. China Watching provides a unique insight into the world of China studies as well as China itself, and will appeal to those with an interest in Chinese politics, economics, foreign policy and security studies.
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This symposium is a significant attempt to report on the currentstate of China studies by focusing on developments in three countries (a region in the case of Europe) and in three areas of study: economics, politics, and international security. The field has come a long way from its early roots in Sinology and linguistics. Although all of the authors make useful contributions, Richard Baum's survey of China watching by Americans is outstanding. Baum charts the generational shifts in the focus of research and identifies the best work in each period. One comes away from this book with the feeling that the best days for China watching may be past -- and that in the future, funds for research will be harder to raise.
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'The book provides an illuminating map of ... three fields of contemporary China studies, and will be of great interest to specialists seeking new ideas and insights on how their work fits into the broader trends on contemporary China studies.' - Robert Sutter, The China Journal, No 58, July 2007

'The whole book repays careful reading, but for those short of time the papers by Cabestan, Obashi and Baum should not be missed. Their virtue is that they combine valuable descriptions of what is happening with particularly good explanations of the structural factors shaping their fields' - Christopher Howe, The China Quarterly, 196, December 2008

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415413961
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Series: Routledge Contemporary China Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Ash is Professor of Economics with reference to China and Taiwan at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

David Shambaugh is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the China Policy Program at the George Washington University. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC.

Seiichiro Takagi is Professor at the School of International Politics, Economics, and Business at the Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs.

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Table of Contents

Contributors     vii
Introduction   Robert Ash   David Shambaugh   Seiichiro Takagi     1
Studies of China's Economy     17
Studies of China's Economy in Europe   Robert Ash     19
Studies of China's Economy in Japan   Hideo Ohashi     50
Studies of China's Economy in the United States   Penelope B. Prime     80
Studies of Chinese Politics     97
Studies of Chinese Politics in Europe   Jean-Pierre Cabestan     99
Studies of Chinese Politics in Japan   Tomoyuki Kojima     132
Studies of Chinese Politics in the United States   Richard Baum     147
Studies of China's Foreign and Security Policies     169
Studies of China's Foreign and Security Policies in Europe   Kay Moller     171
Studies of China's Foreign and Security Policies in Japan   Seiichiro Takagi     189
Studies of China's Foreign and Security Policies in the United States   David Shambaugh     213
Epilogue     241
International China Watching in the Twenty-first Century: Coping with a Changing Profession   Robert Ash   David Shambaugh   Seiichiro Takagi     243
Index     249
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