China Restored
The Middle Kingdom Looks to 2020 and Beyond
by Eric C. Anderson
February 2010, 323pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

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Doomsday prophets in the West predict that China’s economy and global power will eclipse those of the United States by a factor of two by 2050. Not so, reports Eric C. Anderson.

Contrary to lurid forecasts in the West that China is on track to wrest global hegemony from the United States by 2025, China is in fact positioning itself to resume its historic role as the "Middle Kingdom"—a senior mentor with benign aspirations for guiding Asia into the mid-21st century.

In China Restored: The Middle Kingdom Looks to 2020 and Beyond, Eric C. Anderson challenges the widespread perception of China as a rising giant whose authoritarian program to supplant the United States as global hegemony poses a grave international threat. He weighs in against doomsday prophets such as Martin Jacques, who predicts that China’s economy and diplomatic influence will equal those of the United States by 2025 and will eclipse them by a factor of two by 2050. Anderson, a player in Washington’s China policy debates who enjoys deep access to Chinese intelligence sources, counters with a careful argument that Beijing’s overriding aim is in fact to foster a stable global environment conducive to its economic development and regional hegemony based on legitimate political authority rather than coercion.

Anderson points to three principal factors that will drive Chinese behavior over the next 10 years: the Chinese Communist Party’s desire to be recognized as a responsible member of the international community; China’s effort to equip, train, and maintain a modern military; and Beijing’s campaign to “sell” her governance model—from economic development to serving a domestic constituency—as a direct competitor to Washington’s version of liberal democracy. Asserting that Beijing is poised to serve as Washington’s “peer competitor,” Anderson offers insights as to what can be expected from China in the future, including facilitating U.S. nuclear nonproliferation efforts and participating in international peacekeeping operations.


  • Original materials include Chinese documents concerning Beijing's domestic, economic, and military policies
  • 45 sidebars explain key words, concepts, and issues simply and clearly for the benefit of general readers
  • A bibliography provides an extensive listing of contemporary materials concerning China's future intentions
Eric C. Anderson is a national security consultant and teaches at the National Defense Intelligence College in Washington, DC. He served as senior intelligence officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency, as senior intelligence analyst for the Multinational Forces-Iraq in Baghdad and at the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii, and as an active-duty intelligence officer in the United States Air Force with assignments in Japan, Korea, and Saudi Arabia. He taught at the University of Missouri, University of Maryland, and the Air Force Academy. He earned his PhD in political science from the University of Missouri. He has written over 600 articles for the National Intelligence Council, International Security Advisory Board, and Department of Defense. He is the author of Take the Money and Run: The Hazard and Hope of Sovereign Wealth Funds for America.


"Among the spate of new books on China, this volume stands out for its clarity and analytical insight. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels."—Choice, September 1, 2010
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