The Coming Conflict with China

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In eye-opening detail, Richard Bernstein and Ross H. Munro, both of whom have been correspondents in China and bureau chiefs in Asia, examine China's continuing portrayal of America as the enemy; the shifts in Beijing's perception of American might; the enormous boon to China that the takeover of Hong Kong represents; China's increase in military strength; its challenging positions on Taiwan and the South China Sea; its sale of weapons to U.S. adversaries; its concerted efforts to hijack technology; its rigorous attempts - often through American corporations profiting in China - to influence U.S. policy. We discover how our military strategists are revising their scenarios for future conflicts, and how China is conducting its espionage. We are brought face-to-face with the startling implications of the trade imbalance between the United States and China (our deficit is $40 billion and growing). We learn of the struggles within the Chinese leadership and how assertive Chinese nationalism augurs a turbulent period ahead. This book is an informed and illuminating examination of a high-stakes clash of competing ideologies and economic interests.

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The alarming sound of this book's title rings the second coming of the Cold War. Bernstein and Munro, both seasoned journalists, predict an inevitable conflict with China, which has become the world's ... Read full review



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Richard Bernstein, a book critic for the "New York Times," served as "Time" magazine's first Beijing bureau chief. At the "Times," he has been UN bureau cheif, Paris bureau chief, and national cultural correspondent. He has written five books, including two other books on Asia: "From the Center of the Earth" and, with Ross H. Munro, "The Coming Conflict with China," He lives with his wife in New York City.

Munro was Beijing Bureau Chief for the Toronto Globe and Mail and is Director of the Asia program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

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