This slim volume of 250 pages is a very relevant general study on Chinese politics and business in relation to the world. No nonsense is what you get from this author: he offers discussions on basic issues confronting today's China and beyond.
First, he identifies this: China's key and most fundamental problem is the existence of a self-appointed officialdom that has stopped China's progress for ages, especially in the Mao era. Second, it is openness, globalization, individual private initiative, and foreign involvement that are pushing the nation forward. As such, Chinese people have gained a bright new life though restless and wealth focused.
Furthermore, to deepen these general discussions, he offers vast information and analysis on issues like market movement, international trade, banking, retail, tourism, telecomm, auto and direct investment, etc. Numerous global multinationals doing biz inside are studied, which is done in making direct comparisons with numerous leading Chinese multinationals.
At the next level, he offers a broad and long term view of China's involvement with the outside world. His analysis concludes that global cooperation, economic and political sharing, and interdependence will gain more strengths as time passes.
This book is highly organized and its presentation is very lively as well. Last but not the least, author Gu is a veteran Chinese reporter/consultant who writes on the ground of China. So, being very open about China's challenges and opportunities, as well as what is really inside Chinese political and business sphere, is the very best this book offers. In this regard, no other book I have read has done better.
Finally, the afterword by Andre Gunder Frank is very meaningful as well as provocative. Franks focuses on one issue: Is China's rise good or bad for the West? Again, his answer is history-oriented.