Summary of China: The Balance Sheet

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This book is indispensable for anyone seeking solid information about China. No country has inspired more commentary, conflict and controversy, or given rise to more disparate and confusing predictions, projections and polemics. The authors - C. Fred Bergsten, Bates Gill, Nicholas R. Lardy and Derek Mitchell - focus on economic, political and security issues, carefully assessing the range of noteworthy opinions on each issue, and offering readers the data necessary to evaluate them. The authors do not attempt to make a case one way or the other. They provide an excellent, concise survey of contemporary thinking about China, with ample evidence for and against each viewpoint. getAbstract says that if you are only going to read one book on China, this should be it. If you are going to read several, start here.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What facts underlie the hype about China;
  • What issues face China and its economy; and
  • How these challenges affect its relationship with the U.S.

About the Authors

C. Fred Bergsten directs the Institute for International Economics (IIE), a private, nonprofit, research institution, where Nicholas R. Lardy is a senior fellow. Bates Gill holds a chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a nonprofit, public policy organization, where Derek Mitchell is a senior fellow for Asia in the International Security Program. This book is the work of a joint task force from the IIE and the CSIS.



Many Chinas
Speaking of China as a single entity is a bit misleading. Given so many perspectives, opinions and notions about what China is, should be or could become, there are many Chinas. This multiplicity holds within and beyond the borders of the People’s Republic. China is one thing...

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