Stronger

Adapting America’s China Strategy in an Age of Competitive Interdependence

Ryan Hass

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Ryan Hass charts a path forward in America’s relationship and rivalry with China rooted in the relative advantages America already possesses. Hass argues that while competition will remain the defining trait of the relationship, both countries will continue to be impacted—for good or ill—by their capacity to coordinate on common challenges that neither can solve on its own, such as pandemic disease, global economic recession, climate change, and nuclear nonproliferation.
 
Hass makes the case that the United States will have greater success in outpacing China economically and outshining it in questions of governance if it focuses more on improving its own condition at home than on trying to impede Chinese initiatives. He argues that the task at hand is not to stand in China’s way and turn a rising power into an enemy in the process but to renew America’s advantages in its competition with China.

Ryan Hass is the Michael H. Armacost Chair in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution and a nonresident affiliated fellow in the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School. He lives in Arlington, VA.

“Ryan Hass is among our nation's most knowledgeable, pragmatic, and clear-thinking experts on U.S.-China relations. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding how the United States can renew its advantages in its competition with China.”—Ambassador Susan E. Rice, former U.S. National Security Advisor
 

“Ryan Hass has provided an indispensable and timely contribution to understanding our critical path forward with China. What gives Stronger such value are Hass’s unique insights born of his seat of influence as a respected practitioner who has touched all the bases of America’s most urgent strategic challenge of the twenty-first century.”—Jon M. Huntsman, Former U.S. Ambassador to China and Russia

“To deal effectively with China, Americans and others must start by thinking clearly about China. Ryan Hass's Stronger is a tremendously useful step in that direction. It is comprehensive but concise; well informed by firsthand expertise but also very clear and readable; idealistic but also hardheaded and practical. Stronger is a sensible and timely guide to the challenges of dealing with China.”—James Fallows, author of China Airborne
 

“Ryan Hass has achieved a rare feat: he has given us a vital blueprint for the future of America’s relationship with China. He makes the case for confidence without hubris, for vigilance without fear—and, most of all, for the essential value of competent, principled leadership. Stronger is an extraordinary confluence of candor, analysis, experience, and reflection.”—Evan Osnos, author of Age of Ambition

ISBN: 9780300251258
Publication Date: March 9, 2021
240 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
16 b/w illus.