China's Peaceful Rise in a Global Context
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China's Peaceful Rise in a Global Context : A Domestic Aspect of China's Road Map to Democratization

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China's potential threat to the existing global order is not derived from her rapid economic growth and military expansion, but from China's potential domestic chaos. The workable solution of China's democratization under the current Chinese political system is not to dissolve the Communist Party of China, but to begin with freedom of media, religion, and citizen participation.show more

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  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 703.06g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739133373
  • 9780739133378
  • 1,769,954

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Zhou (Hobart and William Smith) does not claim to be the first to advance it, but his premise concerning China's peaceful rise is both credible and significant. China's rise under the reformist Communist Party leadership in the post-Mao era has been unprecedented. Western fears notwithstanding, China's development does not (presently) threaten the global order. However, market forces and an authoritarian, one-party system have fostered severe domestic strains (e.g., inequalities, political corruption, and prostitution) that threaten domestic stability. Social chaos in China would jeopardize the global system. Democratization is the answer, but it must proceed in a two-step sequence: first, the development and fruition of civil society-notably press freedom, citizen participation, and religious freedom-and second, the transition from a one-party to a multiparty system...The book was thoroughly researched and written by one who knows China well. Full of information about contemporary China, it might be a worthwhile addition to university collections on Chinese political economy. Recommended. CHOICE, November 2010 China's Peaceful Rise is a superb analysis of China's present social and political status. It explores the emerging prospects for further democratization, and the obstacles to real progress toward democracy: massive social problems, imbedded corruption, limitations on personal freedoms, rampant prostitution, and most significantly, the Communist Party's tight grip on power and dissent. As one who knows China inside and out, Zhou has crafted a book that gets beyond popular speculation to hard evidence about whether a mature democracy might take root in China. -- Derek H. Davis, dean, College of Humanities, University of Mary Hardin-Baylorshow more

About Jinghao Zhou

Jinghao Zhou is associate professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 1. China's Peaceful Rise in a Global Context Chapter 2 2. China's Potential Threat to the Global Order Chapter 3 3. Corruption and Social Instability Chapter 4 4. Prostitution and Corruption Chapter 5 5. Freedom of Media: the Fourth Power of Modern Democracy Chapter 6 6. Citizen Participation: The Consciousness of Democratization Chapter 7 7. Religious Support: An Inseparable Part of Modern Democracyshow more