China's Rise: Challenges and Opportunities (paper)

by C. Fred Bergsten and Charles Freeman and Nicholas R. Lardy and Derek J. Mitchell
October 2009
Book Description

The global economic crisis has made clear China's importance and expanding role on the world stage. China's Rise: Challenges and Opportunities, explains actions both China and the United States can take that will not only maximize the opportunities for China's constructive integration into the international community but also help form a domestic consensus that will provide a stable foundation for such policies. This book is unique in that it analyzes the authoritative data on China's economy, foreign and domestic policy, and national security. China is confronting domestic challenges that are in many ways side effects of its economic successes, while simultaneously trying to take advantage of the foreign policy benefits of those same successes.

The book from The China Balance Sheet Project, a joint, multiyear project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Peterson Institute, discusses China's military modernization, China's increasing soft power influence in Asia and around the world, China's policy toward Taiwan, domestic political development, Beijing's political relations with China's provincial and municipal authorities, corruption and social unrest, rebalancing China's economic growth, the exchange rate controversy, energy and the environment, industrial policy, trade disputes, and investment issues. The paperback book features a new introduction that addresses events since fall of 2008 and provides context for the book in light of those events.

Chapters are provided for preview only.


Chronology of Main Events


1. China's Challenge to the Global Economic Order

2. China Debates Its Future

3. Democracy with Chinese Characteristics? Political Reform and the Future of the Chinese Communist Party

4. Center-Local Relations: Hu's in Charge Here?

5. Corruption in China: Crisis or Constant?

6. Sustaining Economic Growth in China [pdf]

7. Energy Implications of China's Growth

8. Why Does the United States Care about Taiwan?

9. China's Military Modernization

10. China and the World

11. Conclusion [pdf]


About the Authors

About the Organizations


Advisory Committee

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Book Data

October 2009
ISBN Paper 978-0-88132-434-1
288 pp.

Interview with Nicholas Lardy

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Commentaries on This Book

"This is the best single book on China, and I use it to prepare for all my trips to that country."

Zbigniew Brzezinski, former US National Security Advisor

". . . designed to clarify contemporary China and advise how U.S. 'engagement' with China may best move ahead. There's lots here, but clearly presented, with a great chronology."

Library Journal

"There is no better place to find a compact overview of recent developments in China, through mid-2008, both with respect to economic developments and with respect to China's foreign and national security policy."

Foreign Affairs

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