Product Details Synopsis Once a sleeping giant, China today is the world's fastest growing economy--the leading manufacturer of cell phones, laptop computers, and digital cameras--a dramatic turn-around that alarms many Westerners. The Fragile Superpower, Susan L. Shirk opens up the black box of Chinesepolitics and finds that the real danger lies elsewhere--not in China's astonishing growth, but in the deep insecurity of its leaders. China's leaders face a troubling paradox:
The Fragile Superpower Susan L. Shirk opens up the black box of Chinese politics and finds that the real danger lies elsewhere--not in China's astonishing growth but in the deep insecurity of its leaders.
China's leaders face a troubling paradox: Shirk a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State responsible for China knows many of today's Chinese rulers personally and has studied them for three decades.
She offers invaluable insight into how they think--and what they fear. In this revealing book readers see the world through the eyes of men like President Hu Jintao and former President Jiang Zemin. We discover a fragile communist regime desperate to survive in a society turned upside down by miraculous economic growth and a stunning new openness to the greater world.
Indeed ever since the pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square and the fall of communism in the Soviet Union Chinese leaders have been haunted by the fear that their days in power are numbered.
Theirs is a regime afraid of its own citizens and this fear motivates many of their decisions when dealing with the U. In particular the fervent nationalism of the Chinese people combined with their passionate resentment of Japan and attachment to Taiwan have made relations with these two regions a minefield.
It is here Shirk concludes in the tangled interactions between Japan Taiwan China and the United States that the greatest danger lies.
Shirk argues that rising powers such as China tend to provoke wars in large part because other countries mishandle them. Unless we understand China's brittle internal politics and the fears that motivate its leaders we face the very real possibility of avoidable conflict with China.
This book provides that understanding.Shirk combines the highest standards of academic scholarship with government experience as the State Department official responsible for U.S.
relations with China during the Clinton administration. China: Fragile Superpower: How China's Internal Politics Could Derail Its Peaceful Rise | Foreign Affairs. China Fragile Superpower Susan L. Shirk. Opens up the black box of Chinese politics and finds that the real danger lies not in China's astonishing growth, but in .
China Fragile Superpower. Second Edition. Susan L. Shirk. The author is an expert on Chinese politics and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State during the Clinton administration. China: Fragile Superpower Once a sleeping giant, China today is the world's fastest growing economy, a turn-around so dramatic, and with repercussions so wide-ranging, that it has dazzled, bewildered, and alarmed many Westerners.2/5(1).
China: Fragile Superpower should change our assessment of China's leadership, which is a lot less stable than many of us thought."- Washington Post Book World "In her extremely convincing book, she shows that there is another emotional side which, driven by unresolved internal tensions, could still push China into a military confrontation."/5(1).
A potential superpower is a state or a political and economic entity that is speculated to be – or to have the potential to soon become – a superpower..
Currently, only the United States fulfills the criteria to be considered a superpower.. The European Union and the emerging BRIC economies comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China are most .