The essays in this volume take the 1990s after the 1989 Tiananmen tragedy as its baseline. They consist of ways of looking at China's developmental path during the two decades before and after the turn of the 21st century. This book traces the choices that three generations of Chinese leaders from Deng Xiaoping to Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, have made to rebuild China and consolidate the reforms introduced in the late 1970s. It also examines how Chinese leaders are trying to restore China's position in the region; how they are re-connecting with the country's history and re-defining the kind of nation it wants, and also how they hope to establish what they consider to be China's rightful place in the international order.
Revolution and Reform: Introduction: China's Choices; Embracing Revolution; Righteous Mandate: To Reform a Revolution; The Fourth Rise of China; Development and Change: Nationalism Restored; Observing Change, 2008 - 2012; Connecting with the Region: Facing South: New Perspectives; The Search for Friends; New Beginning in Southeast Asia; And Beyond: US and China: Respect and Equality; A Way to International Order.