Sunday February 23, 2020




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Yukon Huang
Cracking the China Conundrum: Why Conventional Economic Wisdom is Wrong
Oxford University Press, 2017

“Yukon Huang’s Cracking the China Conundrum achieves balance in age of imbalance, arguing that: China has substantial room for growth with efficiency-promoting reforms; political change not entirely conforming to western expectations will occur; Beijing will seek to maintain features of the post-War order that spurred its success while seeking to modify others; and, America needs to adapt to this growing power, while maintaining strategic balance. This is wise analysis.”

– David M. Lampton, Professor and Director, China Studies, Johns Hopkins-SAIS




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Graham Allison
Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017

“Managing our strategic rivalry with a rising China will be the number one challenge for US foreign policy in the decades ahead. The stakes are high. Historical precedents are ominous. Some think conflict is inevitable. Others dismiss that conclusion as simplistic. This seminal book provides the reader both with a fascinating excursion through history, and with the conceptual basis for thinking intelligently about an issue that, for better or worse, will profoundly affect the future of the United States.”  

– J. Stapleton Roy, former US ambassador to China




Ezra Vogel

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011

“Deng’s skill, vision, and courage in overcoming seemingly insuperable obstacles and guiding China onto the path of sustained economic development rank him with the great leaders of history. And yet, too little is known about the life and career of this extraordinary man. In this superbly researched and highly readable biography, Vogel has definitively filled this void.”

– J. Stapleton Roy, former U.S. ambassador to China



Hu Angang

China in 2020: A New Kind of Superpower
Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2011

“The international community’s discourse on the implications of a rising China will increase its sophistication if it pays greater heed to how Chinese intellectuals perceive and debate the responsibilities that China may assume in the future. In particular, the American China-watching community would be much better informed if it were more familiar with the contemporary strategic discourse of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).”

– from the Introduction by Cheng Li




Henry Kissinger
On China
New York: Penguin Press, 2011

Untitled on China examines key episodes in Chinese foreign policy, from the earliest days through the twentieth century, with a particular emphasis on the modern era. Kissinger illuminates the inner workings of Chinese diplomacy during such events as the initial encounters between China and modern European powers, the formation and breakdown of the Sino-Soviet alliance, the Korean War, the opening of relations with the United States, the Tiananmen Square crackdown, and China’s accession to the World Trade Organization.




Robert Sutter
U.S.-Chinese Relations: Perilous Past, Pragmatic Present
Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010

“Over the years, Robert Sutter has been among the most knowledgeable of all American specialists on China. In his ambitious new book, Sutter describes the twists and turns of Sino-American relations over the past two centuries. Sutter shows how American and Chinese policymakers have a strong interest in avoiding public discussion of the conflicts between the two countries and the negative aspects of their relationship; he then proceeds to show, skillfully, just what those conflicts have been and will be. This is a sober account, a perceptive look at where the United States and China have been and where they are headed.”

James Mann



Michael D. Swaine
America’s Challenge: Engaging a Rising China in the Twenty-First Century
Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Press, 2011

“China’s rise presents America with its biggest foreign policy challenge. This book comprehensively and deftly lays out the considerations relevant to wise policy formulation. Swaine offers analysis and recommendations in a manner that both informs and enlightens. It will be an invaluable resource for policymakers, concerned citizens, and students.”

J. Stapleton Roy, former U.S. ambassador to China



*NOTE: All book descriptions are excerpted from publisher’s materials.