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The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power

Awards for The China Choice

  • Shortlisted for the 2013 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award

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About the author

Hugh White

Hugh White is the author of The China Choice and Quarterly Essay 39, Power Shift. He is professor of strategic studies at ANU and was the principal author of Australia’s Defence White Paper 2000.

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Praise for The China Choice

‘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


‘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 The China Choice is an exceptionally thoughtful synthesis of the arguments and influences which bear upon the coming shape of the Pacific.’ —Paul Keating


‘An important contribution to our understanding of a vital relationship.’ —General Peter Cosgrove, Chief of the Australian Defence Force 2002–05


‘Hugh White has done us a great service in setting out a vision of of one way in which China’s rise may play out.’ —Australian Book Review


‘Hugh White's cogent analysis is timely, and highly recommended.’ —Melbourne Review


‘Highly accessible, thoroughly informed and intricately argued.’ —the Age


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