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Many see China’s rise as a threat to US leadership in Asia and beyond. Thomas J. Christensen argues instead that the real challenge lies in dissuading China from regional aggression while eliciting its global cooperation.

Drawing on decades of scholarship and experience as a senior diplomat, Christensen offers a deep perspective on China’s military and economic capacity. Assessing China’s political outlook and strategic goals, Christensen shows how nationalism and the threat of domestic instability influence the party’s decisions about regional and global affairs. If China obstructs international efforts to confront nuclear proliferation, civil conflicts, financial instability, and climate change, those efforts will likely fail; but if China merely declines to support such efforts, the problems will grow vastly more complicated.

Articulating a balanced strategic approach along with perceptive historical analysis, Christensen describes how we might shape China’s choices in the coming decades so that it contributes more to the international system from which it benefits so much.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Can a rising power and an established power cooperate toward mutually beneficial aims? The China Challenge presents a thoughtful analysis of this question through the lens of recent developments in US-China relations.”

    Henry A. Kissinger, Nobel Peace Prize winner

  • “Tom Christensen…has the rare ability to transcend the conventional…debates about China and to see the country simultaneously as a power with the potential to disrupt global politics in many negative ways and as a country that the United States must engage as a partner in solving global problems…If you read only one book on China, make it The China Challenge.”

    Anne-Marie Slaughter, president, New America Foundation

  • “The rise of China is one of the prime challenges for American foreign policy. Thomas Christensen uses his first rate credentials both as a scholar and a practitioner to give a clear and compelling answer to this challenge.”

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr, distinguished service professor, Harvard University

  • “Christensen is one of the world’s leading China experts, an experienced senior policymaker, and a top-notch international relations theorist. The China Challenge is outstanding, a must-read for anybody interested in China, American foreign policy, or global affairs more generally.”

    Gideon Rose, editor, Foreign Affairs

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for History
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About the Author

Former deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Thomas J. Christensen is the William P. Boswell professor of world politics and director of the China and the World Program at Princeton University. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.