Everything Under the Heavens

Everything Under the Heavens

Steeped in deeply researched history as well as on-the-ground reporting, this is French at his revelatory best.

Author: Howard W. French

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780385353335

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

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From the former New York Times Asia correspondent and author of China's Second Continent, an incisive investigation of China's ideological development as it becomes an ever more aggressive player in regional and global diplomacy. For many years after its reform and opening in 1978, China maintained an attitude of false modesty about its ambitions. That role, reports Howard French, has been set aside. China has asserted its place among the global heavyweights, revealing its plans for pan-Asian dominance by building its navy, increasing territorial claims to areas like the South China Sea, and diplomatically bullying smaller players. Underlying this attitude is a strain of thinking that casts China's present-day actions in decidedly historical terms, as the path to restoring the dynastic glory of the past. If we understand how that historical identity relates to current actions, in ways ideological, philosophical, and even legal, we can learn to forecast just what kind of global power China stands to become--and to interact wisely with a future peer. Steeped in deeply researched history as well as on-the-ground reporting, this is French at his revelatory best.
Categories: Political Science

Influence Empire The Story of Tecent and China s Tech Ambition

Influence Empire  The Story of Tecent and China s Tech Ambition

In this fascinating narrative - crammed with insider interviews and exclusive details - Lulu Chen tells the story of how Tencent created the golden era of Chinese technology, and delves into key battles involving Didi, Meituan and Alibaba.

Author: Lulu Chen

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781529346879

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 254

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*SHORTLISTED FOR THE FINANCIAL TIMES BUSINESS BOOK 2022* 'A fascinating study of the tech giant and its symbiotic relationship with the Chinese government' - Guardian 'Influence Empire by Lulu Yilun Chen is so much more than the long-awaited story of Tencent and its vital everything app, WeChat, the messaging tool used by 1.3 billion people. It's also the sobering account of an entire generation of high-flying Chinese tech entrepreneurs, whose wings were clipped by the omnipotent hand of their own government.' -- Brad Stone, author of Amazon Unbound and The Everything Store ORDER NOW: the first definitive look at Tencent, one of the world's largest tech companies. __________ In 2017, a company known as Tencent overtook Facebook to become the world's fifth largest company. It was a watershed moment, a wake-up call for those in the West accustomed to regarding the global tech industry through the prism of Silicon Valley: Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft. Yet to many of the two billion-plus people who live just across the Pacific Ocean, it came as no surprise at all. Founded by the enigmatic billionaire Pony Ma, the firm that began life as a simple text-message operator invested in and created some of China's most iconic games en route to dreaming up WeChat - the Swiss Army knife super-app that combines messaging, shopping and entertainment. Through billions of dollars of global investments in marquee names from Fortnite to Tesla and a horde of start-ups, Ma's company went on to build a near-unparalleled empire of influence. In this fascinating narrative - crammed with insider interviews and exclusive details - Lulu Chen tells the story of how Tencent created the golden era of Chinese technology, and delves into key battles involving Didi, Meituan and Alibaba. It's a chronicle of critical junctures and asks just what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in China. __________ Lulu Yilun Chen has written a sharply informed, smart and compelling account of the rise of some of the most powerful companies in China, which also stand among the biggest and richest tech giants in the world. Despite their enormous size and power, few outside of China know of or understand these companies. Now, thanks to Influence Empire: Inside the Story of Tencent and China's Tech Ambition, that will finally change. -- Howard French, former NY Times Shanghai bureau chief and author of Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power A book that tells Tencent's story has been long overdue, and Lulu Chen's account is not only comprehensive, but also a gripping business narrative. The globally influential company finally has the account it deserves. -- David Barboza, The Wire
Categories: Business & Economics

Great Power Competition as the New Normal of China US Relations

Great Power Competition as the New Normal of China   US Relations

72 As China quickly gains the global market, now Western societies are facing a dilemma: hold the principle of universal 67 Howard French, Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power (New York: ...

Author: Jinghao Zhou

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783031094132

Category: Political Science

Page: 291

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Will China–U.S. relations come back to the normal track? Does the confrontational approach work for China–US relations? This book argues that it is an unrealistic hope to bring China–US relations back to the so-called normal track because the great power competition will be a new normal of China–US relations and the USA will gain more from strategic competition than cooperation in the long run. This book shows that the strategy of “great power cooperation through competition” is more positive and constructive than the approaches of “peaceful coexist” and “maximum pressure.” This book does not intend to provide policy recommendations for governments to consider, but mainly to explain why the great power competition is inevitable and why it is necessary to continuously work with China in some areas through strategic competition. This book alarms the importance of understanding the nature of the Chinese Communist Party during the great power competition and aims to motivate both sides to revisit their foreign policy practice and come up with a better foreign policy strategy of handling China–US relations.
Categories: Political Science

The Dragon Roars Back

The Dragon Roars Back

Howard French, Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power (New York: Penguin Random House, 2017). 42. Odd Arne Westad, Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750 (New York: Basic Books, ...

Author: Suisheng Zhao

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9781503634152

Category: Political Science

Page: 418

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China is unique in modern world history. No other rising power has experienced China's turbulent history in its relations with neighbors and Western countries. Its sheer size dominates the region. With leader Xi Jinping's political authority unmatched, Xi's sense of mission to restore what he believes is China's natural position as a great power drives the current course of the nation's foreign policy. When China was weak, it was subordinated to others. Now, China is strong, and it wants others to subordinate, at least on the issues involving what it regards as core national interests. What are the primary forces and how have these forces driven China's reemergence to global power? This book weaves together complex events, processes, and players to provide a historically in-depth, conceptually comprehensive, and up-to-date analysis of Chinese foreign policy transition since the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC), arguing that transformational leaders with new visions and political wisdom to make their visions prevail are the game changers. Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Xi Jinping are transformational leaders who have charted unique courses of Chinese foreign policy in the quest for security, prosperity, and power. With the ultimate decision-making authority on national security and strategic policies, these leaders have made political use of ideational forces, tailoring bureaucratic institutions, exploiting the international power distribution, and responding strategically to the international norms and rules to advance their foreign policy agendas in the path of China's ascendance.
Categories: Political Science

Empires of Eurasia

Empires of Eurasia

Quoted in Howard W. French, Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2017), frontispiece. Qin Yaqing, “Why Is There No Chinese International ...

Author: Jeffrey Mankoff

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300248258

Category: History

Page: 384

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"Eurasia's major powers - China, Iran, Russia, and Turkey - increasingly intervene across their borders while seeking to pull their smaller neighbors more firmly into their respective orbits. While analysts have focused on the role of leaders like Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in explaining this drive to dominate neighbors and pull away from the Western-dominated international system, they have paid less attention to the role of imperial legacies. Jeffrey Mankoff argues that what unites these contemporary Eurasian powers is their status as heirs to vast terrestrial empires, namely the Qing, Safavid, Romanov, and Ottoman dynasties. The collapse of these empires in the early twentieth century left all four states deeply entangled with the lands and peoples along their periphery but outside their formal borders. Today they have all found new opportunities to project power within and beyond their borders in patterns shaped by their respective imperial pasts. Relying on a range of primary and secondary sources and dozens of interviews with scholars, officials, analysts, diplomats, business people, journalists, and others across Eurasia, this book offers the first comparative analysis of the role of imperial legacies in shaping 21st century Eurasian geopolitics"--
Categories: History

New Patterns of Power and Profit

New Patterns of Power and Profit

A Strategist's Guide to Competitive Advantage in the Age of Digital Transformation Eric K. Clemons ... Howard French's recent book, Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power, ...

Author: Eric K. Clemons

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030004439

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 266

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How did Capital One and Uber implement nearly identical business models, focusing on customers that are most profitable to serve? Why are Google and Amazon so valuable to us? Why are Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon so difficult for competitors to displace? And why can Google charge almost anything it wants for keywords, since no form of competition will force prices down? The information-based business models of these companies, and many more, are exploiting the patterns described in this book. This book instills pattern-based thinking that will prepare all readers for greater success in our rapidly changing world. It will help executives, regulators, investors, and concerned citizens better navigate their way through the digital transformation of everything. Professor Clemons presents six patterns for staying competitive and achieving profitable business models. The author'sreframe-recognize-respond framework teaches readers how to transform unfamiliar problems into familiar patterns, how to determine which patterns to apply in different situations, and how to respond most effectively. Information changes everything. This book is a guide to power and profit from understanding changes in the age of digital transformation.
Categories: Business & Economics

How China Loses

How China Loses

Ian Bremmer, “How China's Economy Is Poised to Win the Future,” Time, November 2, 2017, ... Howard W. French, Everything under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power (Knopf, 2017), 282. 23.

Author: Luke Patey

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190061081

Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE

Page: 401

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Tells the story of China's struggles to overcome new risks and endure the global backlash against its assertive reach. Combining on-the-ground reportage with analysis, Luke Patey argues that China's predatory economic agenda, headstrong diplomacy, and military expansion undermine its global ambitions to dominate the global economy and world affairs
Categories: POLITICAL SCIENCE

Tencent

Tencent

*SHORTLISTED FOR THE FINANCIAL TIMES BUSINESS BOOK 2022* *A TIMES BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEARS 2022* 'A fascinating study of the tech giant and its symbiotic relationship with the Chinese government' - Guardian 'Influence Empire by Lulu Yilun ...

Author: Lulu Chen

Publisher:

ISBN: 152934686X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 955

In 2019, a Chinese entity called Tencent overtook Facebook to become the world's fifth-largest company. It was a watershed moment, a wake-up call for those in the West accustomed to regarding the global tech industry through the prism of Silicon Valley: Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft.Yet to many of the two billion-plus people who live just across the Pacific Ocean, it came as no surprise at all.Tencent's ambition to be an essential part of digital daily life means it holds a dizzyingly diverse range of products - music, gaming, messaging, and film. In this fascinating narrative - crammed with insider interviews, exclusive details about the company's culture - tech reported Lulu Chen tells the story of how Tencent is changing the world and asks what the consequences will be for us all.
Categories: Business & Economics

Fateful Decisions

Fateful Decisions

See, for example, Howard W. French, Everything under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power (New York: Alfred Knopf, 2017); and James R. Gorrie, The China Crisis: How China's Economic Collapse Will Lead to a ...

Author: Thomas Fingar

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9781503612235

Category: Political Science

Page: 448

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China's future will be determined by how its leaders manage its myriad interconnected challenges. In Fateful Decisions, leading experts from a wide range of disciplines eschew broad predictions of success or failure in favor of close analyses of today's most critical demographic, economic, social, political, and foreign policy challenges. They expertly outline the options and opportunity costs entailed, providing a cutting-edge analytic framework for understanding the decisions that will determine China's trajectory. Xi Jinping has articulated ambitious goals, such as the Belt and Road Initiative and massive urbanization projects, but few priorities or policies to achieve them. These goals have thrown into relief the crises facing China as the economy slows and the population ages while the demand for and costs of education, healthcare, elder care, and other social benefits are increasing. Global ambitions and a more assertive military also compete for funding and policy priority. These challenges are compounded by the size of China's population, outdated institutions, and the reluctance of powerful elites to make reforms that might threaten their positions, prerogatives, and Communist Party legitimacy. In this volume, individual chapters provide in-depth analyses of key policies relating to these challenges. Contributors illuminate what is at stake, possible choices, and subsequent outcomes. This volume equips readers with everything they need to understand these complex developments in context.
Categories: Political Science

China s Soft Power and Higher Education in South Asia

China   s Soft Power and Higher Education in South Asia

Everything under the heavens: How the past helps shape China's push for global power. New York: Alfred A. Knopf Gillespie, S. (2001). South-South transfer: A study of Sino-African exchanges. New York: Routledge Glaser, B., & Murphy, ...

Author: Romi Jain

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000388817

Category: Education

Page: 176

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This empirical work illuminates how China uses the higher education mechanism in South Asia to advance its national interests and investigates the outcomes for China, including both challenges and opportunities. Using a soft power theoretical framework, this book employs the case study of Nepal, a South Asian country of profound geostrategic value for the two competing powers of China and India. Illustrating how higher education is the mechanism for achieving soft power goals, it draws on data analysis based on archival sources and interviews with China and South Asia experts, including academics and politico-bureaucratic elites, as well as interviews with Nepalese students and alumni. Importantly though, this book advances an innovative conceptual model of geointellect to trace the evolving dimensions of China’s global dominance in higher education, research, and innovation paradigm, especially in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative and ultimately reveals how foreign policy and higher education policy reinforce each other in the context of China. China’s Soft Power and Higher Education in South Asia provides an empirically rich resource for students and scholars of education, international relations, Asian studies, and China’s soft power.
Categories: Education