China Fragile Superpower

ISBN-10: 0195373197

ISBN-13: 9780195373196

Edition: 2008

Authors: Susan L. Shirk

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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. "Ms. Shirk's magisterial book gazes down on China from above." --The Economist "Shirk's depth of knowledge about China--including personal acquaintance with many of its leaders--makes this book a valuable read." --Christian Science Monitor "In her extremely convincing book, she shows that there is another emotional side which, driven by unresolved internal tensions, could still push China into a military confrontation." --Financial Times
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Strong Abroad but Fragile at Home
China's Economic Miracle
Domestic Threats
The Echo Chamber of Nationalism: Media and the Internet
The Responsible Power
Japan: "When the Chinese People Get Angry, the Result Is Always Big Trouble"
Taiwan: "A Question of Regime Survival"
The United States: "External Troubles Can Become Internal Troubles"
China's Weakness, America's Danger
Appendix: Chinese and Japanese Periodicals
Notes
Index
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