China's Future: Foreign Policy and Economic Development in the Post-Mao Era

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China's Future: Foreign Policy and Economic Development in the Post-Mao Era

By Allen S. Whiting and Robert F. Dernberger
McGraw-Hill (for the Council on Foreign Relations/1980s Project), 1977
202 pp. $8.95
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Dernberger, one of America's leading China economists, concludes that China's economic growth over the next 15 years will require significant imports of food grains, producers' goods (and technology), chemical fertilizers and metals from the West. This, says Dernberger, will force China to develop stable commercial trade, and therefore, political relations with the industrialized and farm-surplus nations in the West, including the U.S. Whiting's plea is for the great powers "to influence Chinese visions and policies toward compromise and conversions of the key issues."