The Newsletter 50 Spring 2009

The rise of China. Balancing influence and engagement

David Scott

Keller, William and Thomas Rawski, eds. 2007. China’s Rise and the Balance of Influence in Asia. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. 284 pages. ISBN 0 8229 5967 4 (paperback).

A welcome addition to the burgeoning literature surrounding China’s international rise, the immediate thing noticeable about the book China’s Rise is its subtitle ‘balance of influence in Asia’. Whilst there are a plethora of books dealing with the balance of ‘power’ in Asia, there are few dealing with the wider and softer concept of ‘influence’.

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