1st Edition

Contemporary China A New Superpower?

Edited By Kristina Kironska, Richard Q. Turcsanyi Copyright 2024
    280 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    280 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Contemporary China: A New Superpower? is a unique textbook introducing the complexity and diversity of China’s society, politics, economics, and international affairs, and the multiple ways in which their dynamics corroborate to simultaneously construct and challenge perceptions of China.

    Structured thematically in three sections – History, Society and Culture; Politics and Economy; and International Relations – this textbook provides answers to one of the most frequently asked general questions in relation to China. Will it become a new superpower and equal the international power and influence of the United States? Chapters written by some of the most recognized commentators and researchers of China cover a broad range of topics and offer an in-depth analysis of issues in contemporary China, such as the impact of the Tiananmen 1989 events, the economic development of the country, the environmental and demographic crises, social control and propaganda, and the role of China in the region and the world.

    Introducing students comprehensively to the domestic context and international affairs of China, the book will be particularly useful for undergraduate-level courses in Asian Studies and courses on the history, politics, and international affairs of China and Chinese Studies.

    Note on the transcription of Asian names and nomenclatures; Introduction: A new superpower? Richard Q. Turcsanyi PART I: History, society, and culture 1. Historical legacy: A humiliated 5000-year-old civilization? Filip Šebok; 2. Mao Zedong: Why does the revolutionary leader “live forever”? Filip Šebok; 3. Tiananmen 1989: How did the massacre change China? Barbara Kelemen; 4. Religion, traditions, and values: What do the Chinese believe in? Klára Dubravčíková; 5. Living standards and social issues: What is it like to live in China? Klára Dubravčíková PART II: Politics and economy 6. China’s political system: How does the Communist Party rule China? Filip Šebok; 7. Chinese economic miracle: How did an underdeveloped country change into a world leader? Martin Šebeňa; 8. Social control and propaganda: What is “social credit” and how has China handled COVID-19? Filip Šebok; 9. Rule by law: Is there justice in China? Matej Šimalčík; 10. Technological power: Can China innovate? Martin Šebeňa; 11. Environment: Does China care about it? Klára Dubravčíková; 12. Xinjiang: Why has China imprisoned more than a million Uyghurs in re-education camps? Barbara Kelemen; 13. Tibet: Why is the mysterious “snowy kingdom” part of China today? Luboš Bělka; 14. Hong Kong: How did the “pearl of the Orient” become a city of protests? Martin Šebeňa; 15. Taiwan: Why does China consider it its own and what does it mean for Taiwan? Kristina Kironska PART III: International relations 16. China in the world: A New Silk Road to world dominance? Matej Šimalčík; 17. China in its immediate neighborhood: A benevolent power or a hegemon? Alfred Gerstl; 18. Territorial disputes: Will China go to war? Denisa Hilbertová; 19. Relations with the United States: Are the two great powers headed for a collision? Richard Q. Turcsanyi; 20. Relations with Europe and Russia: Partners or competitors? Richard Q. Turcsanyi; 21. China’s relations with the Global South: On the rise or past their peak? Joshua Eisenman and Eric Heginbotham; Index


    Kristina Kironska is an academic researcher who worked in Taiwan for many years, where she lectured at the University of Taipei and organized human rights lectures at Amnesty International. She currently works as an assistant professor at Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic, and advocacy director at the Central European Institute of Asian Studies, Slovakia.

    Richard Q. Turcsanyi is the program director of the Central European Institute of Asian Studies, Slovakia, and an assistant professor at Mendel University in Brno and Palacký University Olomouc, both in the Czech Republic. He is an author of Chinese Assertiveness in the South China Sea (2017) and a number of other publications dealing with Chinese foreign policy.

    "This textbook addresses the timely question of whether China will become a 21st century superpower. Each of its 21 chapters addresses a key challenge to China’s rise – from international relations to politics, economics, and historic and cultural legacies – with a clear empirical question. Together, they equip students to better assess China’s future trajectory. Kristina Kironska and Richard Q. Turcsanyi have done valuable work in making a difficult topic accessible to globally minded students around the world."
    Peter Gries, Lee Kai Hung Chair and Director of the Manchester China Institute, and Professor of Chinese Politics at the University of Manchester, UK.

    [This] book provides much needed information in the time of China’s growing global influence. In the Taiwan chapter, Dr. Kristina Kironska portrayed a comprehensive picture of the evolution of Taiwan’s political system, the economic pathway, as well as the progresses made in human rights. A must read for people who wish to gain understanding about the complexities and realities that Taiwan faces on the quest for establishing its identity with the historical depth tracing back to its Austronesian origin. 
    - Sho Lin, Chair of Amnesty International Taiwan

    Contemporary China: A New Superpower? is a very pertinent and timely overview of what China has become today, both domestically and on the international stage. Authored mainly by Czech and Slovakian established China experts, the collection of chapters that it includes provides fresh views on China's history, politics, economic development, society and international relations. It is a nuanced yet comprehensive analysis of the trajectory of a country that has triggered many ill-founded myths and clichés. On the contrary, this Central European view of China is rich and accurate, putting into perspective the changes that Mao Zedong's Deng Xiaoping's and Xi Jinping's China has gone through to better assess the most likely scenarios for the future. It is a great read -- a must read in my opinion -- not only for scholars and students of China but also for business people and educated men and women at large who are curious to better comprehend a rising power that may not overtake the United States as fast as some had predicted but which is actively contributing to shaping the future of this planet. 
    - Jean-Pierre Cabestan, Senior Research Fellow, Asia Centre, Paris, France