Limits to the superpower’s bellicosity

The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power

by Hugh White

Black Inc., $29.99 pb, 194 pp, 9781863955621

Figures released by the International Monetary Fund on 16 August 2010 revealed that China had overtaken Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy. Within a generation it had gone from being an isolated society that could barely feed its own people to the largest producer of steel and concrete on the planet, a vital link in global production chains and, since 2008, the most important engine for global economic growth.

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Published in November 2012 no. 346
Nick Bisley

Nick Bisley

Nick Bisley is Professor of International Relations at La Trobe University and a Visiting Fellow at the East–West Center, Washington, DC. His research and teaching expertise is in the International Relations of East Asia, globalisation, and the diplomacy of great powers. His most recent book is Great Powers in the Changing International Order (2012).

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