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China: The shock of the truth

China will not rule the world anytime soon

China’s citizens rate pollution highly as a national problem, though not as high as corruption (© REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

China Goes Global: the Partial Power by David Shambaugh (Oxford University Press, £20)

The Rise of China vs the Logic of Strategy by Edward N Luttwak (Harvard University Press, £19.95)

Stumbling Giant: the Threats to China’s Future by Timothy Beardson (Yale University Press, £25)

It is open season on China and not from the usual suspects, often dismissed (especially in Beijing) as “China-bashers,” human rights obsessives, anti-Communists, or Chinese dissidents living abroad.…

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