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CHINAMERICA: The Uneasy Partnership that Will Change the World Hardcover – July 8, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (July 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071742425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071742429
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,407,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for ChinAmerica

“A must-read for anyone seeking to understand the emergence of China as a major industrial power and how profoundly it is changing the world economy.” —Dr. Henry Kressel, author of Competing for the Future: How Digital Innovations Are Changing the World

“This book is essential reading for business leaders and observers everywhere as this dramatic shift of economic and political power from the West to China continues.” —Ray Bingham, chairman, Flextronics International

ChinAmerica provides extremely in-depth visibility into the interactions and interdependency of China and the United States. I believe everyone who takes the time to read it will learn of the many challenges and opportunities that exist for both China and the United States.” —Richard Kulle, president and CEO, gEM Services, Inc.

“Handel Jones lays out concisely what China is doing right and the United States is doing wrong. This is a wake-up call because China today is the most serious economic competitor that the United States has ever faced. This book should be required reading for all U.S. politicians and business leaders.” —Wilfred J. Corrigan, founder, chairman, and CEO (retired), LSI Logic Corp.

Conventional wisdom pits China against the United States in a war for economic supremacy. However, in ChinAmerica, Handel Jones, one of the leading experts on China's industrial and economic emergence, demonstrates that the wave of the future is cooperation between the two titans, not conflict-and how America will benefit from increased economic engagement and competition with China.

To some, conflict between China and the United States appears to be both imminent and unavoidable (indeed, in some eyes, the battle has already begun). But this perspective badly overlooks one vital fact: both nations have no choice other than to act in their mutual interest. Focusing on several key areas of conflict and mutual interest, Jones gives a thorough and eye-opening portrait of the policies, history, and habits that have led to the intersecting fortunes of the two superpowers. Jones also outlines actions the United States must take to hold on to its leadership role by forging equilibrium with China that's based on mutual respect and dependence.

As Jones makes clear, the contrast between the two powers couldn't be more startling: while China is amassing through trade nearly one-fourth of the world's foreign exchange reserves (nearly three-fourths of that amount in USD), the United States excels mostly as a consumer of finished goods, with Americans unconcerned about debt and other consequences of living beyond their means. China subsidizes development of more efficient manufacturing techniques, and in response America threatens protectionist barriers. Developments such as these, however, don't necessarily put the nations on a collision course. To Jones, these facts point to a very real opportunity for Chinese and American governments and businesses to work together rather than be separated by economic tensions.

Filled with cogent analysis and expert advice, ChinAmerica is the most comprehensive look yet at the interdependency of the world's two leading powers. This is a book that will change minds about Sino-American relations.

Handel Jones is the founder, owner, and CEO of International Business Strategies, Inc., a market and strategy consulting and analysis company whose client list includes IBM, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, TSMC, and China Resources. He has been involved with Chinese governments and state-owned and private businesses for more than 30 years, and he is one of the leading experts in directing international business investment in China and Chinese corporate investment/expansion overseas. He lives in Los Gatos, California.

“Handel Jones lays out concisely what China is doing right and the United States is doing wrong. This is a wake-up call because China today is the most serious economic competitor that the United States has ever faced. This book should be required reading for all U.S. politicians and business leaders.” —Wilfred J. Corrigan, founder, chairman, and CEO (retired), LSI Logic Corp.

About the Author

Handel Jones is the founder, owner, and CEO of International Business Strategies, Inc., a market and strategy consulting and analysis company whose client list includes IBM, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, TSMC, and China Resources. He has been involved with Chinese governments and state-owned and private businesses for more than 30 years, and he is one of the leading experts in directing international business investment in China and Chinese corporate investment/expansion overseas. He lives in Los Gatos, California.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hong Kong Expat on July 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As an American living in Hong Kong and doing business in China, I have had significant first hand experience with many of the topics in the book. Overall, it is an informative, well thought out and sobering look at the United States vis-à-vis China.

This book should be considered essential reading for three groups of people:

1) Anyone involved in the economic policy of the United States
2) Anyone doing business, or wanting to do business, in China
3) Anyone curious about the economic rise of China

The author asserts that China is a friend to a strong United States and China is a threat to a weak United States. The book then goes on to explain how where the United States is doing well, and, more importantly, where it is failing. The author does an impressive job of incorporating voluminous amounts of data in walking through the arguments, leaving to the conclusion that, without fundamental changes, the United States will have serious problems that will be exacerbated by the rise of China.

The book also delves into China, providing insight into the Chinese people and government policies. It provides a useful framework for the business environment as well as the implications for the United States.

In conclusion, this book is exactly the kind of wake up call that the United States needs; one can only hope that it is widely read by policy and business leaders. In the end, the view is that the United States controls its own destiny and the rise of China is not a direct threat to that destiny but, rather, will be a direct threat if the United States continues to fail.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S.H. Troutman on July 20, 2010
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This a highly relelvant book, written by an author who is well informed and business oriented. The author shys away from from the current hot button on China, currency exchange values in order to discuss the more crucial problem of economic growth. Handel Jones believes the crux of the problem is that the US needs to focus on wealth creation and distribution and then all other factors will fall into place. And, you create wealth by creating numerous industrial powerhouses, such as Samsung, Cisco and Nokia, etc. Such companies sell locally, sell internationally and create jobs and profits in both venues.

Handel Jones agrees that governments have a crucial and necessary role to play in creating small firms and encouraging their growth and in seeing that large firms prosper. The author points out the effectiveness of the governments of China and Singapore in these areas. The author also sets high standards for the effectiveness and efficiency of governmental operations.

The entire book is closely argued but Chapter 12 sets a restructuring plan for the US. This chapter is a must read and reread for concerned and worried citizens who are searching for practical suggestions for helping the US economy to move forward. Is anyone listening?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Texan43 on February 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a design engineering consultant, whose product is typically sent to China for manufacturing, I have a hollow spot in me watching this country's manufacturing capabilities shrink over the years. I watched it in Connecticut and California. This is a well written book for those who are clueless about global economies as well as those that need, like me, a better understanding of the price we are paying by not manufacturing in this country. Drill, Baby, Drill!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Park on February 25, 2011
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Handel Jones is the smartest man I have ever known.

He knows what he is talking about. You must read this book if you care about the future of the American economy.

I could not put this book down.

Read it!
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By nomoslogos on February 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is an important book to read because it is ice water in the face that should wake U.S. citizens from our moral/ethical lethargy. The author points out clearly why the U.S. has lost it position of leadership in technology and manufacturing, and it's due in large part to our own failings, particularly our loss of our future-orientation and sacrificing for the future.
Insightful views on how we have wasted tax dollars on non-productive programs of consumption. Not sure I agree with his views on what he considers appropriate and necessary goverment subisidies, but he makes a compelling case.
The author's claim that CEO's of corporations are the modern equivalent of military commanders is a frightening one since they are accountable to neither nation or citizen.
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