Has China Won?: The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy

Has China Won?: The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy

by Kishore Mahbubani
Has China Won?: The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy

Has China Won?: The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy

by Kishore Mahbubani


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The defining geopolitical contest of the twenty-first century is between China and the US. But is it avoidable? And if it happens, is the outcome already inevitable?

China and America are world powers without serious rivals. They eye each other warily across the Pacific; they communicate poorly; there seems little natural empathy. A massive geopolitical contest has begun.

America prizes freedom; China values freedom from chaos.
America values strategic decisiveness; China values patience.
America is becoming society of lasting inequality; China a meritocracy.
America has abandoned multilateralism; China welcomes it.

Kishore Mahbubani, a diplomat and scholar with unrivalled access to policymakers in Beijing and Washington, has written the definitive guide to the deep fault lines in the relationship, a clear-eyed assessment of the risk of any confrontation, and a bracingly honest appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses, and superpower eccentricities, of the US and China.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541768130
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 03/31/2020
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kishore Mahbubani is a veteran diplomat, student of philosophy, and celebrated author; he is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the National University of Singapore's Asia Research Institute. Mahbubani is also a former President of the UN Security Council (Jan 2001, May 2002) and the Founding Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (2004-2017). Mahbubani writes and speaks prolifically on the rise of Asia, geopolitics and global governance. His eight books and articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times and Foreign Affairs have earned him global recognition as "the muse of the Asian century." He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October 2019. More information can be found on www.mahbubani.net.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition xi

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 China's Biggest Strategic Mistake 25

Chapter 3 America's Biggest Strategic Mistake 49

Chapter 4 Is China Expansionist? 79

Chapter 5 Can America Make U-Turns? 105

Chapter 6 Should China Become Democratic? 133

Chapter 7 The Assumption of Virtue 183

Chapter 8 How Will Other Countries Choose? 211

Chapter 9 A Paradoxical Conclusion 253

Acknowledgments 283

Appendix: The Myth of American Exceptionalism 287

Index 297

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