The Contest of the Century

The Contest of the Century

The New Era of Competition With China--and How America Can Win

Book - 2014
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"In this deeply informed book, Geoff Dyer makes a lucid and convincing argument that China and the United States are now embarking on a great power-style competition that will dominate the century. This contest will take place in every arena: from control of the seas, where China's new navy is trying to ease the United States out of Asia and reassert its traditional leadership, to rewriting the rules of the global economy, with attempts to turn the renminbi into the predominant international currency, toppling the dominance of the U.S. dollar. And by investing billions to send its media groups overseas, Beijing hopes to shift the global debate about democracy and individual rights. Eyeing the high ground of international politics, China is taking the first steps in an ambitious global agenda. Dyer explains how China will struggle to unseat the United States. China's new ambitions are provoking intense anxiety, especially in Asia, while America's global influence has deep roots. If Washington can adjust to a world in which it is no longer dominant but still immensely powerful, it can withstand China's challenge. With keen insight based on a deep local knowledge--offering the reader visions of coastal Chinese beauty pageants and secret submarine bases, lockstep Beijing military parades and the neon media screens of Xinhua exported to New York City's Times Square--The Contest of the Century is essential reading at a time of great uncertainty about America's future, a road map for retaining a central role in the world."--
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780307960757
0307960757
Branch Call Number: History 327.73 Dye

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Feb 04, 2014

This is yet another pile of drivel from a Financial Times journalist (think "Fool's Gold" the puff piece on JPMorgan Chase, absolving them of all guilt, by Gillian Tett) pontificating on nonsensical subjects: if there is "competition" with China, then why have all the jobs, technology and investment been offshored there (and other countries to a lesser extent)? Beneath silly.

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