The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power

3.71 avg rating
( 80 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780393352993: The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power

“A standout . . . a balanced, informative, and highly intelligent guide to dealing with China.”―Fareed Zakaria

Many see China as a rival superpower to the United States and imagine the country’s rise to be a threat to U.S. leadership in Asia and beyond. Thomas J. Christensen argues against this zero-sum vision. Instead, he describes a new paradigm in which the real challenge lies in dissuading China from regional aggression while encouraging the country to contribute to the global order. Drawing on decades of scholarship and experience as a senior diplomat, Christensen offers a compelling new assessment of U.S.-China relations that is essential reading for anyone interested in the future of the globalized world.

The China Challenge shows why China is nowhere near powerful enough to be considered a global “peer competitor” of the United States, but it is already strong enough to destabilize East Asia and to influence economic and political affairs worldwide. Despite China’s impressive achievements, the Chinese Communist Party faces enormous challenges. Christensen shows how nationalism and the threat of domestic instability influence the party’s decisions on issues like maritime sovereignty disputes, global financial management, control of the Internet, climate change, and policies toward Taiwan and Hong Kong.

China benefits enormously from the current global order and has no intention of overthrowing it; but that is not enough. China’s active cooperation is essential to global governance. Never before has a developing country like China been asked to contribute so much to ensure international stability. If China obstructs international efforts to confront nuclear proliferation, civil conflicts, financial instability, and climate change, those efforts will falter, but even if China merely declines to support such efforts, the problems will grow vastly more complicated.

Analyzing U.S.-China policy since the end of the Cold War, Christensen articulates a balanced strategic approach that explains why we should aim not to block China’s rise but rather to help shape its choices so as to deter regional aggression and encourage China’s active participation in international initiatives that benefit both nations.

23 maps and charts

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Thomas J. Christensen is the William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics and director of the China and the World Program at Princeton University. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Review:

“A model of judicious analysis: Carefully deconstructing the economic, military and diplomatic balances between the United States and China, [Christensen] reveals the magnitude of the latter’s challenge without inflating it.”
- Ali Wyne, Washington Post

“Can a rising power and an established power cooperate toward mutually beneficial aims? The China Challenge presents a thoughtful analysis of this question through the lens of recent developments in U.S.-China relations.”
- Henry A. Kissinger

“There is no one I would rather read on China than Tom Christensen. He has the rare ability to transcend the conventional either/or debates about China and to see the country simultaneously as a power with the potential to disrupt global politics in many negative ways and as a country that the United States must engage as a partner in solving global problems. He also has a deep and much needed understanding of how Chinese domestic politics shape Chinese foreign policy. If you read only one book on China, make it The China Challenge.”
- Anne-Marie Slaughter, president, New America Foundation

“The rise of China is one of the prime challenges for American foreign policy. Thomas Christensen uses his first rate credentials both as a scholar and a practitioner to give a clear and compelling answer to this challenge.”
- Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Harvard University, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense

“Christensen is one of the world’s leading China experts, an experienced senior policymaker, and a top-notch international relations theorist. The China Challenge is outstanding, a must-read for anybody interested in China, American foreign policy, or global affairs more generally.”
- Gideon Rose, editor, Foreign Affairs

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Christensen, Thomas J.
ISBN 10: 0393352994 ISBN 13: 9780393352993
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2016. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780393352993

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.87
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Christensen, Thomas J.
ISBN 10: 0393352994 ISBN 13: 9780393352993
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2016. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # KB-9780393352993

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Thomas J. Christensen
Published by WW Norton Co, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 0393352994 ISBN 13: 9780393352993
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Co, United States, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. Many see China s rise as a threat to US leadership in Asia and beyond. Thomas J. Christensen argues instead that the real challenge lies in dissuading China from regional aggression while eliciting its global cooperation. Drawing on decades of scholarship and experience as a senior diplomat, Christensen offers a deep perspective on China s military and economic capacity. Assessing China s political outlook and strategic goals, Christensen shows how nationalism and the threat of domestic instability influence the party s decisions about regional and global affairs. Articulating a balanced strategic approach along with perceptive historical analysis, Christensen describes how we might shape China s choices in the coming decades so that it contributes more to the international system from which it benefits so much. Winner of the Silver Medal for the 2016 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780393352993

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.54
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Christensen, Thomas J.
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (2016)
ISBN 10: 0393352994 ISBN 13: 9780393352993
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # 0393352994

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Thomas J. Christensen
Published by WW Norton Co, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 0393352994 ISBN 13: 9780393352993
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Co, United States, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. Many see China s rise as a threat to US leadership in Asia and beyond. Thomas J. Christensen argues instead that the real challenge lies in dissuading China from regional aggression while eliciting its global cooperation. Drawing on decades of scholarship and experience as a senior diplomat, Christensen offers a deep perspective on China s military and economic capacity. Assessing China s political outlook and strategic goals, Christensen shows how nationalism and the threat of domestic instability influence the party s decisions about regional and global affairs. Articulating a balanced strategic approach along with perceptive historical analysis, Christensen describes how we might shape China s choices in the coming decades so that it contributes more to the international system from which it benefits so much. Winner of the Silver Medal for the 2016 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780393352993

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Thomas J. Christensen
Published by WW Norton Co, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 0393352994 ISBN 13: 9780393352993
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Co, United States, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. Many see China s rise as a threat to US leadership in Asia and beyond. Thomas J. Christensen argues instead that the real challenge lies in dissuading China from regional aggression while eliciting its global cooperation. Drawing on decades of scholarship and experience as a senior diplomat, Christensen offers a deep perspective on China s military and economic capacity. Assessing China s political outlook and strategic goals, Christensen shows how nationalism and the threat of domestic instability influence the party s decisions about regional and global affairs. Articulating a balanced strategic approach along with perceptive historical analysis, Christensen describes how we might shape China s choices in the coming decades so that it contributes more to the international system from which it benefits so much. Winner of the Silver Medal for the 2016 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780393352993

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Christensen, Thomas J.
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 0393352994 ISBN 13: 9780393352993
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0393352994. Bookseller Inventory # Z0393352994ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.08
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Christensen, Thomas J.
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 0393352994 ISBN 13: 9780393352993
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0393352994. Bookseller Inventory # Z0393352994ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.08
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Christensen, Thomas J.
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 0393352994 ISBN 13: 9780393352993
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Vital Products COM LLC
(Southampton, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0393352994. Bookseller Inventory # Z0393352994ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.08
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Christensen, Thomas J.
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 0393352994 ISBN 13: 9780393352993
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0393352994 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI2132376938

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.33
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book