Struggling Giant

Overview

The themes dealt with here include some of the most pressing issues for the Chinese and those who interact with China: the impact of China’s development on the world economic system and on its environment, the likely future stability of China, the very existence of a unified China and the fault lines along which this entity might break apart in the years ahead, and an assessment of the future of the one-party system and what might replace it. Jonathan Fenby’s enlightening foreword perfectly frames this engaging ...

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Overview

The themes dealt with here include some of the most pressing issues for the Chinese and those who interact with China: the impact of China’s development on the world economic system and on its environment, the likely future stability of China, the very existence of a unified China and the fault lines along which this entity might break apart in the years ahead, and an assessment of the future of the one-party system and what might replace it. Jonathan Fenby’s enlightening foreword perfectly frames this engaging and timely exploration of one of the world’s most fascinating cultures.

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'Kerry Brown’s long association with his subject as a scholar, diplomat and businessman allow him to make confident, authentic judgements on many of the key China questions.' —James Kynge, author of ‘China Shakes the World’

'Offers a broad and challenging view of China, past and present and – venturing where many scholars fear to tread – of its likely future too.' —John Gittings, author of ‘The Changing Face of China’

'A witty and original book by someone who knows every aspect of China. Everyone will find this a refreshing read.' —Jasper Becker, author of ‘Hungry Ghosts’

'It says a lot, says it well, leaves you more knowledgeable than when you started, and then promptly exits stage left.' —Paul French, author of ‘Through the Looking Glass: China’s Foreign Journalists from Opium Wars to Mao’

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843312789
  • Publisher: Wimbledon Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/7/2007
  • Series: China in the 21st Century Series
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Kerry Brown is Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and Director of Strategic China Ltd.

Jonathan Fenby is a British journalist. He has worked for numerous distinguished publications, including ‘The Observer’, ‘Reuters’, ‘The Economist’, ‘The Guardian’ and ‘South China Morning Post’.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Jonathan Fenby; Introduction; China and the Two Paths; What Do We Mean When We Say China?; A Mao for All Seasons: The Master on Contradictions in the Twenty-First Century; The History Game; The Dark Side of the New PRC; Getting Used to Understanding Modern Chinese Doublespeak; How to Win Friends and Influence People in the PRC; The Kindness of Strangers: ‘Outsiders’ and Being Chinese; The Chinese Economy; Chinese Characters; Conclusions: Many Chinas, Many Truths; A Polemical Bibliography; Index

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