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The Beijing Consensus: How China's Authoritarian Model Will Dominate the Twenty-First Century Hardcover – April 6, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; First Edition edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465013619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465013616
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Halper cogently rejects the conventional wisdom that suggests America's relationship with China is on track in this lucid, probing text. Moving beyond approaches to China that focus on its burgeoning economic dominance, the book—in the vein of Martin Jacques's recent When China Rules the World—underscores the political and cultural challenge that a rising China presents. Halper (coauthor of America Alone), a fellow at the University of Cambridge, contends that there is little possibility of a genuine partnership between China and the U.S.; continued growth will not lead China's political system to become any more free or open, and its brand of authoritarian capitalism will compete with the West's democratic ideal as a possible model for the developing world. Though his position may seem pessimistic, the author does believe that China's concern with its prestige in the world gives the United States leverage in its attempt to shape the geopolitics, and he concludes this sobering, excellently argued book with a series of concrete policy recommendations to that end. (Apr.)
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Halper’s contribution to the current torrent of tomes about China’s foreign policy asserts that D.C. wonks misunderstand the subject. Whether military alarmists or free-trade optimists, the Beltway cognoscenti (among whom Halper can be counted as an associate of the Nixon Center) misconstrue the aims and motivations of Chinese leaders. They are not likely to invade Taiwan, nor will they democratize, as hoped by proponents of liberal capitalism. Halper instead maintains that China’s international intentions are inimical to liberal values as it diligently seeks to supplant Western influence in the developing world. Spared lectures about human rights and rule of law, despots are delighted with the offer of an alternative to the Western international order. Labeling China’s foreign policy as authoritarian capitalism, Halper diagnoses it as rooted in obtaining access to natural resources, in turn an outgrowth of the Communist Party’s reliance on economic growth for popular acquiescence to its rule. To students and general-interest readers, Halper’s perspective and advice to American policy makers is a clearly conceived, jargon-free appreciation of China as ideological rival as well as commercial partner. --Gilbert Taylor

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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on April 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Stefan Halper's "The Beijing Consensus" summarizes how China's ('The People's Republic of China' - PRC) non-confrontational strategies are changing the world order. For decades the U.S. used its military and economic strength to leverage developing countries into economic and government reform. This worked fine, as long as we were the only game in town. The PRC, however, has now entered the arena and provides a welcome non-judgmental alternative to many struggling nations. This new approach to foreign aid, combined with admiration for China's economic success, is boosting its world influence, as well as access to energy and other natural resources. Meanwhile, China's autocratic leadership is now setting the foundation for future economic successes, and shows no sign of liberalizing; ironically, U.S. economic progress seems hindered by its vaunted democratic processes.

Some Americans have fixated on growing PRC expenditures, now second largest in the world, for modernizing its military. Halper believes this should not be a concern. China is avoiding direct confrontation with the U.S., even though it remains committed to re-unification with Taiwan and the U.S. to preservation of Taiwan's defense. The first reason to not worry is that China does not want the budgetary strain of a military arms race with the U.S., nor the foreign policy atmospherics that would result. Halper sees China's modernizing military as simply motivated via 'just-in-case' Americans get too aggressive, and centers on high-tech, close-in defensive weapons. Halper's second reason for discounting a military threat from the PRC is that Taiwan is no longer the flash-point it once was. The is due to China's confidence that re-unification is inevitable, and its willingness to wait.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Michael Cole on May 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Forget about the military threat from China, risks of war in the Taiwan Strait, Beijing's purchase of US debt or its dislocating effect on jobs at home -- all are manageable challenges that have been blown out of proportion by pundits and government officials.

So argues Stefan Halper in The Beijing Consensus, a timely little book that turns conventions on the "China threat" upside down and argues instead that the real challenge from Beijing -- one that the Obama administration has so far unwisely neglected -- lies in the transformative forces, operating at the global level, associated with China's rise.

China is undoing the West, Halper writes, not by a calculated strategy that seeks such an outcome, but rather as a result of its authoritarian model and the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) need to maintain a high level of economic growth at home to ensure its legitimacy and survival. In so doing, it has turned to every corner of the earth for natural resources and energy to meet its growing domestic requirements.

While there is nothing unusual, or even alarming, in this development, Beijing's policy of non-interference in the domestic affairs of other countries means that it has no compunction in dealing with the world's worst human rights offenders, as long as they have certain commodities to offer. As Halper rightly argues, the West -- from big oil companies to George W. Bush's "war on terrorism" White House -- has its own checkered past from turning a blind eye to abuse when it is convenient to do so, but in recent years a certain consciousness has arisen that imposes limits on how Western firms and governments can and will engage serious human rights abusers.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Dean on April 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Stefan Halper, educated in Britain (PhD's at both Oxford and Cambridge) and a professor at Cambridge, draws on a classical education to make his case, but does so in a powerful, provocative, no holds bared manner. As the New York Times said, his book, "The Beijing Consensus" is a game changer--it challenges the parameters of the China debate. Long overdue, Halper has cast the cat amongst the pigeons in what will surely tease out both critics and advocates.

Halper's book offers a fresh, badly needed perspective on China, US-China relations, and how US policy (as reflected in the Washington Consensus) in the developing world has eroded the prospects for democratic government and the progressive civic culture needed to support it. The book captures the subtle, non-confrontational quality of China's global rise--"it arrives on little cat's feet". It draws the Chinese dynamic together by making the crucial link between the Communist Party's fear of chaos, China's need for 8% growth, and China's mercantile policies that exploit the Third World...and here Halper draws both on his experience in Africa and in China. I found the comments of President Wade of Senegal and President Museveni of Uganda both amusing and credible illustrations of the frustration of dealing with the West in general, and the World Bank and IMF, in particular.

Unlike other recent books examining China's rise, Halper, to his credit, does not seem overly excited about either China's growing military prowess or its rapidly expanding economy which he sees linked to the US in a "Marriage of liabilities" in which a difficult but symbiotic relationship will continue.
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