By Timothy Beardson

While dozens of contemporary books and articles have estimated the near-certainty of China’s upward thrust to worldwide supremacy, this booklet boldly counters such widely-held assumptions. Timothy Beardson brings to gentle the daunting array of demanding situations that at the present time confront China, in addition to the inadequacy of the coverage responses. Threats to China come on many fronts, Beardson exhibits, and by way of their quantity and sheer weight those difficulties will thwart any ambition to turn into the world’s “Number One power.”
 
Drawing on large examine and event residing and dealing in Asia during the last 35 years, the writer spells out China’s state of affairs: an inexorable demographic way forward for a shrinking hard work strength, relentless aging, severe gender disparity, or even a falling inhabitants. additionally, the state faces social instability, a devastated surroundings, a predominantly low-tech economic system with insufficient innovation, the absence of an efficient welfare protection web, an ossified governance constitution, and radical Islam lurking on the borders. Beardson’s nuanced, first-hand examine China recognizes its old achievements whereas tempering predictions of its forthcoming hegemony with a no-nonsense dose of reality.

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