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East and West: China, Power, and the Future of Asia

East and West: China, Power, and the Future of Asia

By Christopher Patten

Times Books, 1998, 307 pp.

What are we to make of Asia today, with its "miracle" economies in nose dives? And what is to be the fate of now-sputtering Hong Kong, once a humming engine for regional economic growth? In his new book, Christopher Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, writes that he does not want "to contribute to the temporarily discontinued library of books puffing Asia. Tiger virtues, tiger values, tiger miracles, tiger futures have been so recklessly celebrated that we find ourselves, boom or bust, told that all the tigers are skinned and stuffed. What has happened in Asia has been

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  • Lucian W. Pye is Ford Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His books include The Spirit of Chinese Politics and Asian Power and Politics.
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