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5.0 out of 5 starsAn intense read but you will come away well informed
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2021
This is a very comprehensive look at every aspect, political, economic, cultural, military, approach China has as well as how they interact with prominent countries i.e US and Russia and the rest of the world. The editor does a great job setting up the background for how China molded into the country it is today. The sub-authors for each chapter do a great job building off of each other and really going indepth on the topic for that chapter. It is a great read and would highly recommend to others who what to better understand where China sits on the global stage.
China & the World is an ambitious work David Shambaugh has compiled sixteen chapters by leading Sinologist from a spectrum of countries to describe China as it has developed to date (2020) and he concludes with his quantitative projections of China to the year 2040 when a follow up work is proposed. How objective is such a study?
To express an opinion on that topic is fool hardy but as the first reviewer I offer one formed after I had read the first three chapters: Cold War Chattering vs. Level Headed Analysis – a dose of both.
Working on through the remainder presentations I hold it’s not a bad judgment. So let me try to explain how drawn: To summarize a Nation is an impossibility what a specialist attempts is to give an in depth understanding of significant factors occurring within its area of expertise.
Many of the chapters do just that and push the readers’ level of understanding forcefully forward. So what about Cold War Chattering? Here if China viewed as an enemy or competitor than must be defeated or at least derailed – objectivity would be rare. Some authors carry that flavor, many readers would be pleased.* Seeing China as a co-existing entity (us-and-them) is difficult for many.** The overall impact of the work should ring true for most readers. -- Sound scholarship.
Seeing China from others perspective, Russian, European, Asian neighbors, Africa and Latin America also most rewarding as China looms large in world affairs. 5 stars * The Editor concludes: Perhaps the best that can be hoped for is a relationship of “competitive coexistence.” p. 353 ** From a New Yorker article by Evan Osnos ‘The Future of America’s Contest with China.’ “The ascendant view in Washington holds that the competition is us-or-them; in fact, the reality of this century will be us-and-them. It is naïve to imagine wrestling China back to the past. The project, now, is to contest its moral vision of the future.” January 13, 2020, issue, with the headline “Fight Fight, Talk Talk.”