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The defining geopolitical contest of the 21st century is between China and the US. But is it avoidable? And if it happens, is the outcome already inevitable?

China and America are world powers without serious rivals. They eye each other warily across the Pacific; they communicate poorly; there seems little natural empathy. A massive geopolitical contest has begun.

America prizes freedom; China values freedom from chaos. America values strategic decisiveness; China values patience.America is becoming society of lasting inequality; China a meritocracy. America has abandoned multilateralism; China welcomes it.

Kishore Mahbubani, a diplomat and scholar with unrivalled access to policymakers in Beijing and Washington, has written the definitive guide to the deep fault lines in the relationship, a clear-eyed assessment of the risk of any confrontation, and a bracingly honest appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses, and superpower eccentricities, of the US and China.

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©2020 Kishore Mahbubani (P)2020 PublicAffairs

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Excellent book

Seldom does an author come along with the clarity of thought and eloquence of delivery that Mr. Mahbubani does. America needs to hear more from those like him rather than the current gang of pseudo-intellectuals from prominent publications like the NY Times and The Atlantic.

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Very informative book

Really enjoyed Kishore’s view of the current geopolitical landscape. He is neither American nor Chinese so I find his view very balanced and impartial.

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  • A. M.
  • 2020-08-07

Reads like sophisticated propaganda

According to Kishore Mahbubani, YES, CHINA HAS WON. Don't even try. In fact, time to wave the white flag, surrender, withdraw, and blame thyself. This is the typical leftist prescription for all the ills in the world...it's America's fault.

Kishore Mahbubani is certainly a China apologist and naysayer of all things American. But unlike a propagandist, he doesn't beat you over the head. Instead, he hooks you and slowly reels you in before you have a chance to think. His narratives are selective and omitting, and obviously biased. He trivializes Chinese transgressions but is never short of analogies to admonish America and its diplomats.

Get used to being #2, he implies. Not me. I don't want to live in a world dominated by China and its predatory policies. A much better read on this subject is Graham Allison's "Destined for war."

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  • Mordechai G.
  • 2020-06-13

The courage to accept critics

Fascinating review of the Western and Chinese civilizations' interfaces. Although quite bias to my taste, the author reveals an important up-to-date view on the two major civilizations. The book is raising the most important question of our times - will these two great civilizations will find the way to build a better future for us all…
For those of you who find it hard to deal with critics on the Western Civilization as a whole and the USA specifically - do try harder, you need to read this book and pay attention more than others :)

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  • Idanga
  • 2020-04-07

A masterpiece

Great work! Instructive!i learned so much from his book. The US is just like other great powers, even worse. Thank you Mr. Mahbubani.

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  • Queen Candy J
  • 2020-07-24

One of the most important books of our time!

As someone who is increasingly concerned about US-China relations, I felt the need to check out this book and I'm glad that I did. China has it's own rich history separate from Western history. The author gives tons of details and context about Chinese history and how it applies to their behavior today. Overrall, I got the impression that the author is a little more critical of the US than China but he doesn't let China off the hook for their mistakes and behaviors which have contributed to the decline of US-China relations. He covers China's problems in detail. I think he was more critical of US policies only because Americans sometimes don't look in the mirror and face reality. We prefer to imagine the morally superior ideal of America more than the reality that America often doesn't live up to it's ideals. And that's what this book mainly is: a reality-check for American audiences. The author ultimately doesn't answer the question in the Book's title. He describes several different paths both the US and China may take in the future and emphasizes that conflict between the US and China is 'avoidable'. I highly recommend this book...

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  • Sandy
  • 2020-04-19

Great book marred by bad Chinese pronunciation

In a book about Sino-US relationships, I don’t think it’s too much to expect decent pronunciation for the few Chinese words scattered across the book.

Otherwise a fantastic book. Great content from a seasoned diplomat.

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  • josette
  • 2020-08-09

Ignores the long term Chinese strategy

The book is very interesting but acts as if the long term strategy to achieve hegemony doesn’t exist, making it come off as overtly sympathetic or intentionally misleading. It does have many good thoughts and ideas and is worth reading.

(It effectively assumes their behavior will be the same as it was during their rise as when they reach their height, which is not a wise assumption to make.)

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  • DING MING YING 丁明英
  • 2020-04-24

Great Book ! Well Written !

The US must try to avoid fighting the big superpower war with China; and to accept the inevitability of the rise of China. Rather than aim to outmuscle history, the US better to be like water and avoid a war, a confrontation that the US cannot possibly afford to wage, but also cannot afford to lose.

The US has accepted China at its worst. And it will have to appreciate China when at its best.

A great book by Singapore's Permanent Representative to the UN.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-14

Informative, skeptical, overly apologetic.

Pros: The US portion of this book is both truthful and thought provoking. Mahbubani provides readers with a great starting point for those who want to become more informed on rising tensions between US and China.

Cons: In my opinion, the author is overtly apologetic of China foreign policy and fails to properly address the potential downsides to neoliberal economic policy. The book also largely ignores the "middle income trap" and blames the tensions in Hong Kong on lack of affordable housing.

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  • 2020-06-12

Cooperation for the greater good of mankind

Understanding the strength and weakness of each power and look for common grounds to cooperate for the betterment of everyone on this tiny planet.

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  • floppy
  • 2020-05-23

very insightful

very interesting, as an american sometimes a little hard to hear, but I very much appreciate his point of view on these pressing global issues

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