Everything Under the Heavens

Everything Under the Heavens

How the Past Shapes China's Push for Global Power

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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From the former New York Times Asia correspondent and author of China's Second Continent, 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 its reform and opening in 1978, China maintained an attitude of false modesty about its ambitions. That role, reports Howard French, has been set aside. China has asserted its place among the global heavyweights, revealing its plans for pan-Asian dominance by building its navy, increasing territorial claims to areas like the South China Sea, and diplomatically bullying smaller players. Underlying this attitude is a strain of thinking that casts China's present-day actions in decidedly historical terms, as the path to restoring the dynastic glory of the past. If we understand how that historical identity relates to current actions, in ways ideological, philosophical, and even legal, we can learn to forecast just what kind of global power China stands to become--and to interact wisely with a future peer.

Steeped in deeply researched history as well as on-the-ground reporting, this is French at his revelatory best.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385353328
0385353324
Characteristics: 330 pages : illustrations, maps

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Feb 26, 2018

The book was too propagandistic for my taste. If the author's main objective of writing this book was to remind his reader that he was an American, then his writing was very effective.
I kept thinking about Nunes's infamous heavily redacted memo when I was reading the book, not a good sign.
A lot of details but easy to read.

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