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Bekkevold&Ross (eds.): China in the Era of Xi Jinping

Leading scholars from the United States, Asia, and Europe examine the prospects for China's continuing rise.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​New book on China​Title: China in the Era of Xi Jinping. Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges
Editors: Jo Inge Bekkevold and Robert Ross
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Published: 2016
Number of pages: 336
ISBN: 9781626162976 (1626162972) Hardcover
ISBN: 9781626162983 (1626162980) Paperback

Since becoming president of China and general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping has emerged as China's most powerful and popular leader since Deng Xiaoping. The breathtaking economic expansion and military modernization that Xi inherited has convinced him that China can transform into a twenty-first-century superpower. 

In this collection, leading scholars from the United States, Asia, and Europe examine both the prospects for China's continuing rise and the emergent and unintended consequences posed by China's internal instability and international assertiveness. Contributors examine domestic challenges surrounding slowed economic growth, Xi's  anticorruption campaign, and government efforts to maintain social stability. Essays on foreign policy range from the impact of nationalist pressures on international relations to China's heavy-handed actions in the South China Sea that threaten regional stability and US-China cooperation. The result is a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of current policy trends in Xi's China and the implications of these developments for his nation, the United States, and East Asia. 


Robert S. Ross is professor of political science at Boston College and associate professor at the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. He is the author of Chinese Security Policy: Structure, Power, and Politics

Jo Inge Bekkevold is the head of the Center for Asian Security Studies at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies and coeditor of Security, Strategy and Military Change in the 21st Century: Cross-Regional Perspectives.​


"Since his succession to the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party and armed forces at the 18th Congress in 2012, Xi Jinping has brought a propulsive energy and new confidence to Chinese politics. This book assembles a brilliant array of scholars for a comprehensive look at China's political economy, elite power balance, and foreign policy in this surprising new epoch."
Lowell Dittmer, University of California, Berkeley

"Superb analysis of the range of issues China and its leaders face, and their implications for the world. Incisive chapters by scholars from across the globe provide welcome context and diversity. Overall, the book is a timely guide to help understand and contextualize the rise of China, the core geopolitical event of the 21st century."
Christopher P. Twomey, Associate Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA


Time Line of the People's Republic of China
Introduction: China's New Leadership in Domestic and International Politics
Jo Inge Bekkevold and Robert S. Ross

Part 1. Domestic Challenges for the Chinese Leadership
1. China's Fifth-Generation Leaders: Characteristics of the New Elite and Pathways to Leadership. Bo Zhiyue
2. The Development of China's Formal Political Structures. Zheng Yongnian and Weng Cuifen
3. The Challenges of Economic Growth and Reform. Barry Naughton
4. The Challenges of Stability and Legitimacy. Joseph Fewsmith

Part II: International Challenges to Rising China
5. Xi Jinping's Grand Strategy: From Vision to Implementation. Stig Stenslie and Chen Gang
6. Domestic Actors and the Fragmentation of China's Foreign Policy. Linda Jakobson
7. China's Rise and International Regimes: Does China Seek to Overthrow Global Norms? Andrew J. Nathan
8. China's Rise and Economic Interdependence. Helge Hveem and T. J. Pempel
9. Xi Jinping and the Challenges to Chinese Security. Robert S. Ross and Li Mingjiang

New Leaders, Stronger China, Harder Choices. Jo Inge Bekkevold and Robert S. Ross


Published 01 May 2016 00:00.. Last updated 07 March 2018 14:26.