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Struggling Giant

Struggling Giant

China in the 21st Century

By Kerry Brown
Foreword by Jonathan Fenby

This book offers a thematic discussion of the key issues surrounding the rise of China and what that will mean to people outside China in the years ahead.

Paperback, 170 Pages

ISBN:9781843312789

June 2007

£12.99, $22.95

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  • About This Book
  • Reviews
  • Author Information
  • Series
  • Table of Contents

About This Book

The themes dealt with here include some of the most pressing issues for the Chinese and those who interact with China: the impact of China’s development on the world economic system and on its environment, the likely future stability of China, the very existence of a unified China and the fault lines along which this entity might break apart in the years ahead, and an assessment of the future of the one-party system and what might replace it. Jonathan Fenby’s enlightening foreword perfectly frames this engaging and timely exploration of one of the world’s most fascinating cultures.

Reviews

'Kerry Brown’s long association with his subject as a scholar, diplomat and businessman allow him to make confident, authentic judgements on many of the key China questions.' —James Kynge, author of ‘China Shakes the World’


'Offers a broad and challenging view of China, past and present and – venturing where many scholars fear to tread – of its likely future too.' —John Gittings, author of ‘The Changing Face of China’


'A witty and original book by someone who knows every aspect of China. Everyone will find this a refreshing read.' —Jasper Becker, author of ‘Hungry Ghosts’


'It says a lot, says it well, leaves you more knowledgeable than when you started, and then promptly exits stage left.' —Paul French, author of ‘Through the Looking Glass: China’s Foreign Journalists from Opium Wars to Mao’

Author Information

Kerry Brown is Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and Director of Strategic China Ltd.

Jonathan Fenby is a British journalist. He has worked for numerous distinguished publications, including ‘The Observer’, ‘Reuters’, ‘The Economist’, ‘The Guardian’ and ‘South China Morning Post’.

Series

China in the 21st Century

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jonathan Fenby; Introduction; China and the Two Paths; What Do We Mean When We Say China?; A Mao for All Seasons: The Master on Contradictions in the Twenty-First Century; The History Game; The Dark Side of the New PRC; Getting Used to Understanding Modern Chinese Doublespeak; How to Win Friends and Influence People in the PRC; The Kindness of Strangers: ‘Outsiders’ and Being Chinese; The Chinese Economy; Chinese Characters; Conclusions: Many Chinas, Many Truths; A Polemical Bibliography; Index

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