The World Turned Upside Down

America, China, and the Struggle for Global Leadership

Clyde Prestowitz

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An authority on Asia and globalization identifies the challenges China’s growing power poses and how it must be confronted

When China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, most experts expected the WTO rules and procedures would liberalize China and make it “a responsible stakeholder in the liberal world order.” But the experts made the wrong bet. China today is liberalizing neither economically nor politically but, if anything, becoming more authoritarian and mercantilist.
In this book, notably free of partisan posturing and inflammatory rhetoric, renowned globalization and Asia expert Clyde Prestowitz describes the key challenges posed by China and the strategies America and the Free World must adopt to meet them. He argues that these must be more sophisticated and more comprehensive than a narrowly targeted trade war. Rather, he urges strategies that the U.S. and its allies can use unilaterally without contravening international or domestic law.

Clyde Prestowitz served as Counselor to the Secretary of Commerce in the Reagan Administration and Vice Chairman of President Clinton’s Special Commission on Trade and Investment in the Asia-Pacific region.

"Clyde Prestowitz presents the most comprehensive and practical plan yet to meet the Chinese Communist Party’s grave challenge to the United States."--Dennis Blair, former Director of National Intelligence

"In The World Turned Upside Down, Clyde Prestowitz, who led the way in describing how a country like Japan can skew the world trading system, powerfully addresses the biggest problem of all: China. A perfect match of author and subject."—James Mann, author of The China Factory

“How did America and other advanced democracies find themselves increasingly beholden to the Chinese Communist Party? Seasoned Asia hand Clyde Prestowitz’ wide-ranging exposé unpacks the long road to this current disturbing reality, while offering a sober and sensible blueprint for pushing back against the PRC’s malign activities in the US and around the world.”—David Shambaugh, author of Where Great Powers Meet: America & China in Southeast Asia
ISBN: 9780300248494
Publication Date: January 26, 2021
336 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 b/w illus.