Beijing presents a clear and gathering threat to Washingtonbut not for the reasons you think. Chinas challenge to the West stems from its transformative brand of capitalism and an entirely different conception of the international community. Taking us on a whirlwind tour of China in the worldfrom dictators in Africa to oligarchs in Southeast Asia to South American strongmenHalper demonstrates that Chinas illiberal vision is rapidly replacing that of the so-called Washington Consensus. Instead of promoting democracy through economic aid, as does the West, China offers no-strings-attached gifts and loans, a policy designed to build a new Beijing Consensus. The autonomy China offers, together with the appeal of its illiberal capitalism, have become the dual engines for the diffusion of power away from the West. The Beijing Consensus is the one book to read to understand this new Great Game in all its complexity.
Stefan Halper is a Senior Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, where he directs the Donner Atlantic Studies Programme. He is also Senior Research Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Nixon Center in Washington, D.C. Halper served in the White House and Department of State during the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations, advising on a range of U.S. foreign policy and national security issues. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and other newspapers and magazines. He is a frequent commentator on national security and foreign policy issues for the print and broadcast media. He divides his time between Great Falls, Virginia, and Cambridge, UK.