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Contest for Supremacy : China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia

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9780393343892

ISBN10:
0393343898
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Trade Paper
Pub. Date:
10/17/2012
Publisher(s):
W W NORTON
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Summary

There may be no denying China's growing economic strength, but its impact on the global balance of power remains hotly contested. Political scientist Aaron L. Friedberg argues that our nation's leaders are failing to act expeditiously enough to counter China's growing strength. He explains how the United States and China define their goals and reveals the strategies each is now employing to achieve its ends. Friedberg demonstrates in this provocative book that the ultimate aim of Chinese policymakers is to "win without fighting," displacing the United States as the leading power in Asia while avoiding direct confrontation. The United States, on the other hand, sends misleading signals about our commitments and resolve, putting us at risk for a war that might otherwise have been avoided. A much-needed wake-up call to U.S. leaders and policymakers, A Contest for Supremacy is a compelling interpretation of a rivalry that will go far to determine the shape of the twenty-first century.

Author Biography

Aaron L. Friedberg is a professor at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and a former deputy assistant for national security affairs in the Office of the Vice President. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introduction A Contest for Supremacyp. 1
Means of Ascentp. 9
Roots of Rivalryp. 36
From Containment to Alignmentp. 58
"Congagement"p. 88
"The Propensity of Things"p. 120
"Hide Our Capabilities and Bide Our Time"p. 142
"To Win without Fighting"p. 156
The Balance of Influencep. 182
The Balance of Powerp. 215
Alternative Strategiesp. 245
Can America Keep Its Balance?p. 264
Appendix Sources and Methodsp. 285
Notesp. 295
Indexp. 343
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