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China's Challenge to US Supremacy

Economic Superpower versus Rising Star


  • Provides an accessible introduction to the scholarly debate on China's political and economic rise

  • Highlights both the conditions that have allowed China to flourish and the challenges that it now faces

  • Places China in the wider context of the 'global architecture' established by the United States


Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. John G. Glenn
    Pages 1-23
  3. John G. Glenn
    Pages 25-51
  4. John G. Glenn
    Pages 83-110
  5. John G. Glenn
    Pages 111-137
  6. John G. Glenn
    Pages 139-174
  7. John G. Glenn
    Pages 175-211
  8. John G. Glenn
    Pages 213-224
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 225-257

About this book


This book analyzes China’s development in the wider context of the global trade, investment, security, knowledge and production regimes established by the United States. It argues that, although China has thus far been able to enjoy rapid growth within this global architecture, it will have to deal with a more challenging external environment as other states react to its rise. More specifically, it is facing growing pressure to realign its currency, a greater number of trade investment and intellectual property disputes, a more hostile security environment, and exclusionary regional trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic trade agreements. It is also being confronted by an array of internal issues, from an ageing population and weaknesses in the high tech sector, to over-reliance on foreign companies for exports, non-performing loans and a burgeoning state debt. This, in turn, has led an increasing number of firms to relocate to other countries. For the time being, the author concludes, China's global ambitions and challenge to US supremacy will have to be scaled back. This insightful work will appeal to students and scholars of China's politics, economy and development.


International Political Economy China USA International trade Investment regimes International security International finance Knowledge architecture

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Politics and International RelationsSouthampton UniversityUnited Kingdom

About the authors

John Glenn is Associate Professor of International Relations and International Political Economy at the University of Southampton, UK. 

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