The Contest of the Century
The New Era of Competition with China--and How America Can Win
By Geoff Dyer
(Knopf, Hardcover, 9780307960757, 320pp.)
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
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From the former Financial Times Beijing bureau chief, a balanced and far-seeing analysis of the emerging competition between China and America that will dominate twenty-first-century world affairs. It is both an inside account of Beijing's new quest for influence and an explanation of how America can come out on top.
China's rise has entered a new and critical phase where it seeks to turn its economic heft into global power and influence. In this deeply informed book, Geoff Dyer makes a lucid and convincing argument that China and the U.S. are now embarking on a great power-style competition that will dominate the century. With its new navy, China is trying to ease the U.S. out of Asia and reassert its traditional leadership. Beijing is planning to turn the renminbi into the main international currency, toppling the dominance of the U.S. dollar. And by investing billions to send its media groups overseas, it hopes to shift the global debate about democracy and individual rights. China is taking the first steps in an ambitious international agenda. Yet China will struggle to unseat the U.S. China's new ambitions are provoking intense anxiety, especially in Asia, while America's global influence has deep roots. If Washington can adjust to a world in which it is no longer dominant but still immensely powerful, it can retain its ability to set the global agenda in the face of China's challenge. At a time of great uncertainty about America's future, this is an essential book for businessmen, politicians, financiers, and anyone interested in current world affairs.
GEOFF DYER is a journalist for the Financial Times and has been a correspondent in China, the U.S., and Brazil. He is the recipient of a Fulbright award and of several journalism awards, including one Society of Publishers in Asia Award for a series of 2010 opinion pieces about China's role in the world. He studied at Cambridge and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He lives with his family in Washington, D.C.