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    DescriptionWhile dozens of recent books and articles have predicted the near-certainty of China's rise to global supremacy, this book boldly counters such widely-held assumptions. Timothy Beardson brings to light the daunting array of challenges that today confront China, as well as the inadequacy of leadership's responses. Threats to China come from many fronts, Beardson shows, and by their number and sheer weight these problems will thwart the nation's ambition to take over as the world's "Number 1 power". Drawing on extensive research and experience living and working in Asia over the last 35 years, the author spells out the details of China's situation: an inexorable demographic future of remorseless aging, extreme gender disparity, a shrinking labour force, and even a falling population. Also, the nation faces social instability, a devastated environment, a low-tech economy with inadequate innovation, the absence of an effective welfare safety net, an ossified governance structure, and radical Islam lurking at the borders. Beardson's nuanced, first-hand look at China acknowledges its historic achievements while tempering predictions of its imminent hegemony with a no-nonsense dose of reality.

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    Stumbling Giant
    The Threats to China's Future
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Timothy Beardson
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 635 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300165425
    ISBN 10: 0300165420

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    Yale University Press
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    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    01 June 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Timothy Beardson founded and ran Crosby International Holdings, the largest investment bank in the Far East. Since the late 1990s he has been a frequent speaker on political, economic, environmental, and strategic issues at such forums as the World Economic Forum at Davos and at prominent universities. He is a permanent resident of Hong Kong.
    Review quote
    "Timothy Beardson is a brilliant entrepreneur and investment strategist and his observations about China are sobering - and a must-read for the well-informed."--Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, "Forbes Media"--Steve Forbes "Forbes "