ON-Lion Letter
Although the United States is rightly preoccupied with the threat of Islamist terrorism, Iran's nuclear program, Iraq, and the war in Afghanistan, many of America's top strategic thinkers believe that America's greatest challenge in the decades to come will be the rise of China.  With its expanding economy and increasing military strength, China is positioning itself to challenge the United States in Asia and, in time, globally.

Encounter Books' new The Rise of China:  Essays on the Future Competition is a collection of essays about the nature of that challenge and what the U.S. and its allies might do in the areas of foreign and defense affairs to meet it.  Contributing authors describe China's likely ambitions, the possible policy responses of the U.S. and nations in the region, and the unique problems posed to China's rise by its own demographic problems and by a democratic Taiwan.

Although China has been a cautious power to date, its leaders continue to see the international scene as fundamentally one of competition.  And this perspective is unlikely to change until the regime itself changes.  It is this China, contributors to The Rise of China argue, with which the U.S. and its allies will be dealing for some time to come.

The book is edited by Gary J. Schmitt, a resident scholar and the director of advanced strategic studies at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C., which The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is also substantially supported by Bradley.
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