The events described in this book have not yet happened
It is a future history, an exercise in military and political
prediction, about a country whose emergence as a world
power is one of the most important developments of theearly Twentieth Century. The arrival of China on the world
stage poses problems not encountered by the
world’s democracies for well over fifty years.
Twenty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, another power bloc is emerging. It is wealthy. It is expansionist. It has yawning cultural differences with the West. It is embittered about its past. China is a nondemocratic one-party state, whose government has to prove itself to survive. This book has been written as a warning of what might happen if Western, and especially American, policy towards China is allowed to drift.