In this essential book, White considers what the US should do in the Asian century. As China's economy grows to become the world's largest, America has three choices: it can compete, share power or concede leadership in Asia. The choice is momentous: as significant for America's future as any it has faced.
White controversially argues that America's best option is to share power with China - relinquish its sole supremacy but not concede a leading role. The China Choice is an urgent intervention in the China debate and provides a blueprint for a peaceful future.
Hugh White is a professor of strategic studies at ANU. He has been an intelligence analyst, a journalist and a senior Defence official. In 2010 he wrote the acclaimed Quarterly Essay Power Shift: Australia's Future between Washington and Beijing.
The finest synthesis to date of all the major questions facing East Asia ... a provocative work imbued with intellectual integrity.
-Robert D. Kaplan
A brilliant and incisive analysis of the US-China relationship which contains vitally important recommendations for how its dangers may be avoided and peace secured. Indispensable reading.
Thoughtful, thought-provoking and highly readable.
-J. Stapleton Roy, director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States and former US ambassador to China
Trenchant assessment from a sympathetic but clinically detached perspective. Agree or disagree in the end, readers will be better off for understanding White's case.
-James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic and author of Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China and China Airborne
Every student of Asian geopolitics will benefit from reflecting on the arguments in The China Choice.
-Walter Russell Mead, editor-at-large of The American Interest
Erudition and a first-rate intellect - a must-read.
-Bob Hawke, prime minister of Australia 1983-91
A lucid and hugely stimulating contribution to a debate we can no longer avoid.
-Gareth Evans, president emeritus of the International Crisis Group