The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power

Hugh White

The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power
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The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power

Hugh White

China is rising – how should America respond? That could be the crucial question of the 21st century, according to Hugh White. It is also a crucial question for Australia, affecting our future economy and security.

In his ground-breaking book The China Choice, Hugh White considers the options for the Asian century. As China, the world’s fastest-growing major economy, ascends, America has three choices: it can compete, share power or concede leadership in Asia. The choice is momentous: as significant for America’s future as any it has faced.

White controversially argues that America’s best option is to share power with China and relinquish its supremacy. As these two behemoths face off across the Pacific, the choice America makes will also have an enormous impact on Australia. The China Choice is an urgent intervention in the China debate and provides a blueprint for a peaceful future.


“White brings erudition and a first-rate intellect, without the baggage of prejudice, to analyse the single most important issue that will determine whether Australia lives in a peaceable environment in the years ahead – a must-read.” —Bob Hawke

“Hugh White’s book offers the finest synthesis to date of all the major questions facing East Asia. It is a provocative work imbued with intellectual integrity. It is about the biggest question in international affairs – the future relationship between the United States and China. And the author’s conclusions will satisfy no one, which is as it should be.” —Robert D. Kaplan, chief geopolitical analyst for Stratfor and author of The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate

“The future of the US–China relationship is the single most significant and dangerous international issue of our time. Hugh White’s book is a brilliant and incisive analysis of that relationship, and contains vitally important recommendations for how its dangers may be avoided and peace secured. It is indispensable reading for both policy makers and students of current affairs.” —Anatol Lieven, King’s College London, author of America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism

“White marches us through the hard strategic implications of sustained economic growth in China. This clear and compelling book helps Australians to move beyond today’s sentiment and wishful thinking, and to consider realistically the choices that we face.” —Ross Garnaut

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