The China Choice: Why We Should Share Power

Hardcover | August 2, 2013

byHugh White

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China is rising. But how should the West - and the United States in particular - respond? This could be the key geopolitical question of the twenty-first century, according to strategic expert Hugh White, with huge implications for the future security and prosperity of the West as a whole. TheChina Choice confronts this fundamental question, considering the options for the Asian century ahead. As China's economy grows to become the world's largest, the US has three choices: it can compete, share power, or concede leadership in Asia. The choice is momentous - as significant for the future as any the US has ever faced. China is already more formidable than any country the US has facedbefore - and if America does not want to find itself facing China as an enemy, it must accept it as an equal partner. Weighing the huge difficulties of accepting China as an equal with the immense cost and risks of making it an enemy, in the end the choice is simple, even if it is not easy. The US simply must share power with China in Asia. The alternative is too terrible to contemplate.

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China is rising. But how should the West - and the United States in particular - respond? This could be the key geopolitical question of the twenty-first century, according to strategic expert Hugh White, with huge implications for the future security and prosperity of the West as a whole. TheChina Choice confronts this fundamental que...

Hugh White is Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University's Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. Since the 1980s he has played a major part in debating, developing and implementing Australian foreign and defence policy, including a period as Deputy Secretary for Strategy and Intelligence in Australia's Depart...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.1 inPublished:August 2, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199684715

ISBN - 13:9780199684717

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Table of Contents

1. A Hard Choice2. America in Asia3. China: Power and Ambition4. The Military Balance5. The Asian Setting6. America's Options, America's Objectives7. The Reality of Rivalry8. A Concert of Asia9. Dealing with China10. The President's SpeechEndnotesIndex

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"Because I see many so many aspects of Chinese - and US - policy in a different light from the one Hugh White sheds on them in his book, I am the more sincere in urging attention to his analysis. Americans in particular will find it valuable to consider this trenchant assessment from asympathetic 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