Description - Everything Under The Heavens: how the past helps shape China's push for global power by Howard W. French
An incisive investigation of China's ideological development as it becomes an ever more aggressive player in regional and global diplomacy. For many years after Deng Xiaoping initiated the economic reforms that began in 1978 and led to its overtaking the USA as the world's economic powerhouse, China maintained an attitude of false modesty about its ambitions. That diffidence has now been set aside. China has asserted its place among the global heavyweights, revealing its plans for pan-Asian geopolitical dominance by building up its navy, fabricating new islands to support its territorial claims in areas like the South China Sea, and diplomatically bullying smaller players. Underlying this shift in attitude is a strain of thinking that casts China's present-day actions in historical terms. China is now once more on the path to restoring the glories of its dynastic past. Howard W. French demonstrates that if we can understand how that historical identity informs current actions - in ways ideological, philosophical, and even legal - we can learn to forecast just what kind of global power China intends to become - and to interact wisely with the superpower. 'A deep historical and cultural study of the meaning of China's risea Fascinatinga Convincing.' -The New York Times Book Review 'Stimulating a This book is a reminder that China's international relations take place in a historical context going back centuries if not millennia, and Mr. French is an engaging guide through that deeper history.' -The Wall Street Journal 'Impressive a Masterful a An excellent introduction to the complex issues of East Asia and the potential for conflict in this critical region of the world.' -New York Journal of Books
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Author Biography - Howard W. French
Howard W. French wrote from Africa for The Washington Post and at The New York Times was bureau chief in Central America and the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Japan, and China. He is the recipient of two Overseas Press Club awards and a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee. He is the author of A Continent for the Taking- the tragedy and hope of Africa and China's Second Continent- how a million migrants are building a new empire in Africa.
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