China is rising – how should America respond? That could be the crucial question of the twenty-first century, according to strategic expert Hugh White. It is also a crucial question for Australia, affecting our future economy and security.
In this essential book, White considers the options for the Asian century. As China’s economy grows to become the world’s largest, America has three
choices: it can compete, share power or concede leadership in Asia. The choice is momentous – as significant for America’s future as any it has faced.
White controversially argues that America’s best option is to share power with China and relinquish its supremacy. As these two behemoths face off
across the Pacific, the choice America makes will also have an enormous impact on Australia. The China Choice is an urgent intervention in the China
debate and provides a blueprint for a peaceful future.
Hugh White is a professor of strategic studies at ANU. He has been an intelligence analyst with the Office of National Assessments, a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and a senior official in the Department of Defence, where he was deputy secretary for strategy and intelligence and co-author of Australia’s Defence White Paper 2000. In 2010 he wrote the Quarterly Essay Power Shift: Australia’s Future Between Washington and Beijing.