Playing Our Game: Why Chinas Rise Doesnt Threaten the West

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byEdward S. Steinfeld

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Conventional wisdom holds that China's burgeoning economic power has reduced the United States to little more than a customer of Beijing. Not so, writes Edward Steinfeld. In this fascinating book, Steinfeld asserts that China's growth actually enhances American commercial supremacy. By seekingto realize its dream of modernization by integrating itself into the Western economic order, China is playing by our rules, reinforcing the dominance of our companies and regulatory institutions. Indeed, China has in many ways handed over - outsourced - the remaking of its domestic economy and domestic institutions to foreign companies and foreign rule-making authorities. And even as Chinese companies assemble products for export to the West, the most valuable components for those productscome from the West. America's share of global manufacturing, by value, has actually increased since 1990. Within China, the RandD centers established by Western companies attract the country's best scientists and engineers, and harness that talent to global, rather than indigenous Chinese,innovation efforts. In short, China's economic emergence is good for America.

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Conventional wisdom holds that China's burgeoning economic power has reduced the United States to little more than a customer of Beijing. Not so, writes Edward Steinfeld. In this fascinating book, Steinfeld asserts that China's growth actually enhances American commercial supremacy. By seekingto realize its dream of modernization by in...

Edward Steinfeld is Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT, and is director of the MIT-China Program. He is the author of Forging Reform in China: The Fate of State-Owned Industry.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199837082

ISBN - 13:9780199837083

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Part One: The New Competitor--What Globalization Really Means for China1. China's Rising Technology Giants2. The Real Meaning of "Made in China"3. Fee-for-Service Socialism and the "Walmartization" of ChinaPart Two: Outsourcing "Chinese Style"4. Institutional Outsourcing5. Institutional Outsourcing on the Financial Front6. IPOs and the Outsourcing of Control over "National Champions"Part Three: Stretching the Bounds of Sustainability7. China's Energy Sector - Who is Really Calling the Shots?8. Going Global on the Energy Front9. Coping with Climate Change: Build It and They Will Come PartPart Four: Conclusions10. Playing Our Game Now and for the Future