The Invention of China
This book shows how China’s present-day geopolitical problems—the fates of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang, and the South China Sea—were born in the struggle to create a modern nation-state. A century ago, reformers and revolutionaries adopted foreign ideas to “invent’ a new vision of China. By asserting a particular, politicized version of the past the government bolstered its claim to a vast territory stretching from the Pacific to Central Asia.More info →
The South China Sea: the struggle for power in Asia
The South China Sea is where China's rising ambitions meet the United States' global primacy. It is also the arena in which Southeast Asia will define its relations with its giant neighbour. The struggle for ownership, access and control in the South South China will determine whether the coming 'Asian Century' will be a time of peace or crisis.More info →
Vietnam: rising dragon
Based on vivid eyewitness accounts and personal experience, this book tries to explain how Vietnam 'works'. It portrays a breathtaking period of social change that has seen capitalism flooding into its nominally communist society, booming cities swallowing up smaller villages, and the lure of modern living tugging at the traditional networks of family and community.
The book addresses a broad variety of issues in today's Vietnam, including important shifts in international relations, the growth of civil society, economic developments and challenges, and the nation's nascent democracy movement. With a firm sense of historical and cultural context, it examines how these issues have emerged and where they will lead Vietnam in the next stage of its development.More info →