This book takes a look at China's position a range of global issues, arguing that its multipolar diplomacy offers a strategy to constrain US hegemony.
Many people assume that China will follow an imperialistic strategy and stand in direct conflict with the American empire. However, China is in fact taking a multilateral approach, offering real assistance to developing countries and helping to build the institutions required to run a multipolar world.
Whist acknowledging China's own internal difficulties, the book argues that its international consensus-building could lead to a more peaceful and equitable world.
Jenny Clegg is a Senior Lecturer in International Studies, and a China specialist, at the University of Central Lancashire. She first visited China in the 1970s and has followed developments closely ever since, she is the author of China's Global Strategy (Pluto, 2009).
Acknowledgements 1. A World Turning Upside Down Part 1: The Unipolar-Multipolar Dynamics 2. US-China relations in the global dynamics 3. Historical Perspectives on Multipolarisation 4. Manoeuvring towards Multipolarity 5. Globalisation, Imperialism and Multipolarisation 6. Promoting Multipolarisation: Regional Organisation In Asia Part 2: China's Development Trajectory 7. Maintaining Self Reliance in an Interdependent World 8. Development with Chinese Characteristics Part 3: An International Trial of Strength 9. Towards a New International Political Order 10. Towards a new international economic order 11. A Game of Go Abbreviations and Acronyms Tables Notes Index