The China Fantasy: Why Capitalism Will Not Bring Democracy to China

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The New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Vulcans blasts America's policy regarding the world's most populous country

One of our most perceptive China experts, James Mann has penned a vital wake-up call to all who are ignorant of America's true relationship with the Asian giant. Our leaders may posit a China drawn to increasing liberalization through the power of the free market, but Mann asks us to consider a very real alternative: What if China's economy continues ...

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Overview

The New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Vulcans blasts America's policy regarding the world's most populous country

One of our most perceptive China experts, James Mann has penned a vital wake-up call to all who are ignorant of America's true relationship with the Asian giant. Our leaders may posit a China drawn to increasing liberalization through the power of the free market, but Mann asks us to consider a very real alternative: What if China's economy continues to expand but its government remains as dismissive of democracy and human rights as it is now? Calling for an end to the current policy of overlooking China's abuses for the sake of business opportunities, Mann presents a must-read book for anyone interested in global affairs.

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"If Americans revered veteran China correspondents the way Chinese communists revere their founding revolutionaries, former Los Angeles Times bureau chief Jim Mann would justly be hailed as an 'immortal.'"
-Clay Chandler, editor, Fortune Asia

"Mr. Mann has perfectly described the blend of hope and cynicism that currently underpins American policy toward China."
-Gordon S. Chang, The New York Sun

Clay Chandler
If Americans revered veteran China correspondents the way Chinese communists revere their founding revolutionaries, former Los Angeles Times bureau chief Jim Mann would justly be hailed as an ‘immortal.' (Clay Chandler, editor, Fortune Asia)
Gordon S. Chang
Mr. Mann has perfectly described the blend of hope and cynicism that currently underpins American policy toward China.
The New York Sun
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143112921
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 1/29/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,350,703
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

James Mann is the senior writer in residence at the CSIS International Security Program and the author of two critically acclaimed books: About Face: A History of America’s Curious Relationship with China from Nixon to Clinton and Beijing Jeep. Previously, he was a long-time correspondent with the Los Angeles Times, and his writing has also appeared in The New Republic and The Atlantic Monthly.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Euphemizing China     ix
The Third Scenario     1
The Lexicon of Dismissal     29
The Starbucks Fallacy     49
The P-Factor     69
Let the Games Begin     89
Conclusion: Who's Integrating Whom?     101
Afterword     113
Acknowledgments     125
Notes     127
Index     135
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