This is a major contribution to the very important task of evaluating the growing importance of Communist China in Asia and the world and of developing American policies to meet the challenges it presents. Initially undertaken in connection with a study group of the Council on Foreign Relations, Mr. Barnett's book surveys a wide range of topics: China's internal political and economic evolution and future potential; its foreign relations, in Asia and with the Soviet bloc; the overseas Chinese; Taiwan; and the lengthy China debates in the United States. Balanced and thoughtful in presentation, the book does not hesitate to offer its own recommendations on such refractory topics as the offshore islands and non-recognition.
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