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From the New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Vulcans, an exploration of Chinese authoritarianism and Western capitalism.

In The China Fantasy, bestselling author James Mann examines the evolution of American policy toward China and asks, Does it make sense? What are our ideas and hidden assumptions about China? In this vigorous look at China's political evolution and its future, Mann explores two scenarios popular among the policy elite. The Soothing Scenario contends that the successful spread of capitalism will gradually bring about a development of democratic institutions, free elections, independent judiciary, and a progressive human rights policy. In the Upheaval Scenario, the contradictions in Chinese society between rich and poor, between cities and the countryside, and between the openness of the economy and the unyielding Leninist system will eventually lead to a revolution, chaos, or collapse.

Against this backdrop, Mann poses a third scenario and asks, What will happen if Chinese capitalism continues to evolve and expand but the government fails to liberalize? What then and why should this third scenario matter to Americans? Mann explores this alternate possibility and — in this must-read book for anyone interested in international politics — offers a startling vision of our future with China that will have a profound impact for decades to come.

Review:

"James Mann is a distinguished journalist and historian who covered China for the Los Angeles Times; his 1999 book, 'About Face,' was a first-rate account of the troubled path of U.S.-Chinese relations after President Richard M. Nixon's decision to open contacts with the communist government, and his 2004 best-seller, 'Rise of the Vulcans,' explored President Bush's war cabinet. In 'The China Fantasy,'... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Vulcans blasts America's policy regarding the world's most populous country

One of our most perceptive China experts, James Mann has penned a vital wake-up call to all who are ignorant of America's true relationship with the Asian giant. Our leaders may posit a China drawn to increasing liberalization through the power of the free market, but Mann asks us to consider a very real alternative: What if China's economy continues to expand but its government remains as dismissive of democracy and human rights as it is now? Calling for an end to the current policy of overlooking China's abuses for the sake of business opportunities, Mann presents a must-read book for anyone interested in global affairs.

Synopsis:

Bestselling author Mann examines American policy toward China and asks, RDoes it make sense?S In this look at China's political evolution and future, he offers a startling vision of the West's relationship with China that will have a profound impact for decades to come.

About the Author

James Mann is author in residence at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and the author of Rise of the Vulcans, About Face, and Beijing Jeep. He was previously the Los Angles Times Beijing bureau chief.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670038251
Subtitle:
Why Capitalism Will Not Bring Democracy to China
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Mann, James
Subject:
General
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Development - Economic Development
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - General
Subject:
Government & Business
Subject:
International Relations
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20080129
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.86x5.85x.65 in. .58 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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The New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Vulcans blasts America's policy regarding the world's most populous country

One of our most perceptive China experts, James Mann has penned a vital wake-up call to all who are ignorant of America's true relationship with the Asian giant. Our leaders may posit a China drawn to increasing liberalization through the power of the free market, but Mann asks us to consider a very real alternative: What if China's economy continues to expand but its government remains as dismissive of democracy and human rights as it is now? Calling for an end to the current policy of overlooking China's abuses for the sake of business opportunities, Mann presents a must-read book for anyone interested in global affairs.

"Synopsis" by , Bestselling author Mann examines American policy toward China and asks, RDoes it make sense?S In this look at China's political evolution and future, he offers a startling vision of the West's relationship with China that will have a profound impact for decades to come.
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