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Power Shift: China and Asia's New Dynamics 1st Paperback Edition Edition

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"There is no competing work with this breadth, depth, up-to-date coverage, and absolute top drawer of China specialists." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"This is an extremely important and valuable volume. The analysis is fresh and compelling throughout, and the material reflects the contributors' broad knowledge and sensitivity to ongoing developments in the region."—T.J. Pempel, director, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

"There is no competing work with this breadth, depth, up-to-date coverage, and absolute top drawer of China specialists. Superior scholarship is apparent in the high level of insight and information throughout this outstanding, superbly written work." —Allen Whiting, The University of Arizona

"In a time of rapid Chinese ascendancy, it is fortunate to have a comprehensive treatment of China's position in Asia by a group of prominent scholars. While new developments are constantly taking place in this revolutionary era, these essays are well researched, balanced, and insightful—providing an excellent basis from which to assess what is to come."—Robert A. Scalapino, Robson Research Professor of Government Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

"This stimulating book is admirably suited for those seeking a better understanding of the underlying issues relating to China's expanding power and an informed basis for assessing the widely divergent views that are being expressed on the subject. Professor Shambaugh has assembled an outstanding roster of world-class scholars on China whose contributions are noteworthy for their readability, their careful marshaling of relevant facts, and their interpretive insights. The result is this superb volume."—J. Stapleton Roy, former U.S. Ambassador to China, Indonesia, and Singapore

"This outstanding collection of essays, written by leading scholars from around the world, takes an unusually comprehensive look at the subject, addressing China's growing economic clout and diplomatic influence as well as its impact on regional security. It also makes an important contribution to the growing debate over the consequences of China's rise for American interests. This volume is essential reading for anyone interested in Chinese foreign policy or the international relations of the Asia-Pacific region."—Harry Harding, University Professor, The George Washington University
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1st Paperback Edition edition (January 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520245709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520245709
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is one of the best books for analyzing the power shift from the transatlantic to Asia-Pacific driven by China's rise and Asia's integration. The author also addresses the challenges to US policymakers in engagenment with Asia in the fyture.
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An excellent book. The Bush and Garver articles in this anthology touch on Chinese railway infrastructural development. Assigned readings for my Troy University course for the MSIR.
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The 16 essays in this book are combined into 6 different parts,with each of the different parts emphasizing a different aspect of the rise of China-impacts on Taiwan and Japan,regional power shifts,
economics,security,implications for the United States,etc. All of the essays in this book essentially assume that the economic statistics extant in 2006 were accurate estimates of Chinese economic growth.They then make projections about relative increases in Chinese political,military,and regional power dependent on these economic estimates.It is here that the essays are all mistaken.

The World Bank reestimated Chinese GDP(gross domestic product)figures in late 2007.Based on revised purchasing power parity adjustments, reflecting revised adjustments of relative Chinese prices vis-a vis American prices,it was realized that Chinese prices were being adjusted upward far too much.Revised figures show that China's GDP is not in the $10-$11 trillion range ,as compared to the USA's roughly $ 13 trillion gdp, but is no more than $6 trillion .

The result is that China's political,military,and regional power has been substantially overestimated.The readers of this book need to take this new information into account when evaluating the conclusions and projections made in these essays.Similar miscalculations were made about the old Soviet Union's economic growth rates in the period from 1928-1960.These also resulted in assessments of Soviet military and political power that were far too optimistic.
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