A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia

A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia

by Aaron L. Friedberg
     
 

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An explosive examination of the fast-escalating Sino-American struggle for geopolitical predominance.See more details below

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An explosive examination of the fast-escalating Sino-American struggle for geopolitical predominance.

Editorial Reviews

Financial Times
“His book is tough-minded and sometimes pessimistic but there is nothing hysterical about it. On the contrary, it is sober and well-informed… A Contest for Supremacy offers a careful and compelling examination of the US-Chinese relationship from a number of angles.”
Weekly Standard
“A Contest for Supremacy is a rigorous and comprehensive account of the state of U.S.-China strategic relations, and by far, the most thoughtful and serious book to date on the topic.”
Andrew J. Nathan - Foreign Affairs
“[Friedberg’s] is the most thoughtful and informative of a stream of China-threat books that have come out since the mid-1990s.”
Booklist
…Friedberg’s alarm soundings have authority. China’s new wealth allows it to apply ‘soft power’ in East Asia and elsewhere, its deployment of modern technology has counteracted American influence in the region, and its economy continues to thrive even as America bogs down in two wars. Friedberg’s responses…help keep this important issue front and center.— Alan Moores
Alan Moores - Booklist
“…Friedberg’s alarm soundings have authority. China’s new wealth allows it to apply ‘soft power’ in East Asia and elsewhere, its deployment of modern technology has counteracted American influence in the region, and its economy continues to thrive even as America bogs down in two wars. Friedberg’s responses…help keep this important issue front and center.”
Kirkus Reviews

A stern, carefully worded warning about why the United States should be more wary of China's meteoric rise.

Friedberg (Politics and International Affairs/Princeton Univ.;In the Shadow of the Garrison State, 2000, etc.) is a forward thinker versed in the "fast-changing politics of post–Cold War Asia," and he sets forth his argument, amplified from an essay he wrote forCommentary,that a growing Sino-American rivalry is forthcoming and inevitable. China's economic strength in terms of opening markets has historically been encouraged by the West, and a stable, cooperative exchange of commercial interests has kept the U.S. and China on amicable footing since President Nixon and Henry Kissinger opened the diplomatic door in the early '70s. The U.S. policy over the past 60 years has passed through phases of containment, alignment and the current uneasy mix of the two, "congagement," which has been severely challenged since Tiananmen Square and China's lobbing of dummy missile warheads into the Taiwan Straight during Taiwan's first democratic presidential election of 1996. With its newfound economic muscle, China willmost likelyfollow the historic precedent of previous hegemons in the throes of intense expansion—e.g., Britain, Germany, Japan—and seek to dominate "its neighbors, its regions, and, if it can, the world." In a meticulously organized study that often repeats and summarizes its assertions in the fashion of a tutorial, Friedberg lays out the various ongoing arguments for containment or alignment, as well as what he extrapolates Chinese intentions to be—avoid confrontation, build comprehensive national power and advance incrementally. On the other hand, he writes, China isdue for a similar bubble burst recently visited on other expanding nations, and he offers numerous intriguing scenarios.

An important cry to heed: China's peaceful rise cannot disguise its aim to become "world number one."

John R. Bolton - Hong Kong Economic Journal
“Friedberg has in fact written a judicious, measured assessment of the stakes between China and the United States over the next several decades…. He accurately characterizes the ‘willful, blinkered optimism’ about the direction of Sino-American relations ‘in the academic and business communities and across significant portions of the U.S. government.'
….[Friedberg] has relentlessly exposed the intellectual and strategic weaknesses and errors of the prevailing mindset in Washington. For this, in fact, he deserves great credit.”
New York Times Book Review
“Considered, balanced, informative, and restrained.”
Foreign Affairs
“[Friedberg’s] is the most thoughtful and informative of a stream of China-threat books that have come out since the mid-1990s.”— Andrew J. Nathan
Hong Kong Economic Journal
“Friedberg has in fact written a judicious, measured assessment of the stakes between China and the United States over the next several decades…. He accurately characterizes the ‘willful, blinkered optimism’ about the direction of Sino-American relations ‘in the academic and business communities and across significant portions of the U.S. government.'

….[Friedberg] has relentlessly exposed the intellectual and strategic weaknesses and errors of the prevailing mindset in Washington. For this, in fact, he deserves great credit.”— John R. Bolton

Foreign Affairs - Andrew J. Nathan
“[Friedberg’s] is the most thoughtful and informative of a stream of China-threat books that have come out since the mid-1990s.”
Hong Kong Economic Journal - John R. Bolton
“Friedberg has in fact written a judicious, measured assessment of the stakes between China and the United States over the next several decades…. He accurately characterizes the ‘willful, blinkered optimism’ about the direction of Sino-American relations ‘in the academic and business communities and across significant portions of the U.S. government.' ….[Friedberg] has relentlessly exposed the intellectual and strategic weaknesses and errors of the prevailing mindset in Washington. For this, in fact, he deserves great credit.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393068283
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/15/2011
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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