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China : Fragile Superpower - Susan L. Shirk


Fragile Superpower

Paperback Published: 1st December 2008
ISBN: 9780195373196
Number Of Pages: 336

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Once a sleeping giant, China today is the world's fastest growing economy--the leading manufacturer of cell phones, laptop computers, and digital cameras--a dramatic turn-around that alarms many Westerners. But in China: Fragile Superpower, Susan L. Shirk opens up the black box of Chinese politics and finds that the real danger lies elsewhere--not in China's astonishing growth, but in the deep insecurity of its leaders. China's leaders face a troubling paradox: the more developed and prosperous the country becomes, the more insecure and threatened they feel. Shirk, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State responsible for China, knows many of today's Chinese rulers personally and has studied them for three decades. She offers invaluable insight into how they think--and what they fear. In this revealing book, readers see the world through the eyes of men like President Hu Jintao and former President Jiang Zemin. We discover a fragile communist regime desperate to survive in a society turned upside down by miraculous economic growth and a stunning new openness to the greater world. Indeed, ever since the 1989 pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square and the fall of communism in the Soviet Union, Chinese leaders have been afraid of its own citizens, and this fear motivates many of their decisions when dealing with the U.S. and other nations. In particular, the fervent nationalism of the Chinese people, combined with their passionate resentment of Japan and attachment to Taiwan, have made relations with this country a minefield. The paperback edition features a new preface by the author.

Industry Reviews

"One of the best books I read on China." - Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Times

"Ms. Shirk's magisterial book gazes down on China from above." - The Economist

"For those seeking an objective look at the new China, your search is over." --Madeleine K. Albright  

1: Strong Abroad but Fragile at Home 2: China's Economic Miracle 3: Domestic Threats 4: The Echo Chamber of Nationalism: Media and the Internet 5: The Responsible Power 6: Japan: "When the Chinese People Get Angry, the Result is Always Big Trouble 7: Taiwan: A Question of Regime Survival 8: The United States: External Troubles Can Become Internal Troubles 9: China's Weakness, America's Danger Acknowledgments

ISBN: 9780195373196
ISBN-10: 0195373197
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st December 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48