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Stumbling Giant: The Threats to China's Future

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While dozens of recent books and articles have predicted the near-certainty of China’s rise to global supremacy, this book boldly counters such widely-held assumptions. Timothy Beardson brings to light the daunting array of challenges that today confront China, as well as the inadequacy of the policy responses. Threats to China come on many fronts, Beardson shows, and by ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Aldéric Au
Mar 31, 2015 Aldéric Au rated it liked it
China faces many challenges but so do other countries. I enjoyed the exposition of Timothy Beardson’s analysis. The China I know is creative, energetic and very very industrious. The Middle Kingdom will not easily fall back into a Maoist dead end. The Chinese people are too intelligent and serious to make that mistake. The lack of optimism is I feel unfounded.
Charles Wyman
Oct 02, 2013 Charles Wyman rated it it was ok
Comprehensive review of fairly common views of China, its development, and future, but the arguments were superficial and lacked any real grounding in macroeconomics. I found nothing new here and the book was boring to read.
Alex MacMillan
Aug 10, 2016 Alex MacMillan rated it liked it
As a regular reader of The Economist over the past five years, I could easily skim each chapter while extracting the choicest anecdotes, projections and predictions. Timothy Beardson's comprehensive overview of an entire civilization's numerous roadblocks to acquiring the Number One Headband from the United States put to shame the rah-rah globalization boosterism personified by the likes of Thomas Friedman and Fareed Zakaria. Western news coverage of China's phenomenal transformation since the D ...more
Economists, politicians of all parties, businessmen, and even regular people are all more and more concerned with China's rise to the status of a great power, many treating it as a foregone conclusion that the Chinese will soon eclipse the USA and reign supreme as the largest economy and strongest nation on earth.

Timothy Beardson does not give into hysteria but rather calmly looks at the Chinese state and economy from numerous angles to give a measured diagnosis of the varied challenges that fa
Daniel Simmons
Dec 19, 2014 Daniel Simmons rated it it was ok
This is a fairly numbing slog through a list of reasons why China isn't going to become a global hegemon anytime soon: demographic challenges, environmental degradation, lack of innovation, the inconsistent application of the rule of law, political corruption, etc. These are all very interesting topics that author Beardson's messy and stilted prose renders very uninteresting. He's not bad on economics and finance, which makes sense given his experience as founder of the investment bank Crosby ...more
Julian Haigh
Apr 14, 2014 Julian Haigh rated it liked it
An excellent and broad overview of an authors perspective of China's problems from difficulties arising from a multi-faceted history to an analysis of civic instability and foreign relations challenges. A sadly necessary balance to Western observers that seem overcome by media hype over the 'rising dragon' both as opportunity and international bogey-man, Beardson paints a sober and realistic appreciation of the many historical, cultural and economic interests at play in China today. I especially ...more
Ignatius Tan
Sep 04, 2013 Ignatius Tan rated it it was amazing
A very well-researched book that presents a comprehensive look at the various issues that are confronting China today. The author's grasp of Chinese history is also good and injects an important perspective on the analysis of current issues. This is a key feature given how steeped in history China's policy makers are.
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