China Watching analyzes the state of European, Japanese and American scholarship on China over the last decade. The international team of contributors explore the main subjects and trends in research being done on contemporary Chinese politics, economy, foreign affairs and security studies. They contrast the substance and conclusions of this research in Europe, Japan, and the United States, contributing to topics that are hotly debated among China watchers worldwide. The book provides a unique insight into the world of China studies as well as China itself, and will appeal to those with an interest in Chinese politics, economics, foreign policy and security studies.
This symposium is a significant attempt to report on the currentstate of China studies by focusing on developments in three countries (a region in the case of Europe) and in three areas of study: economics, politics, and international security. The field has come a long way from its early roots in Sinology and linguistics. Although all of the authors make useful contributions, Richard Baum's survey of China watching by Americans is outstanding. Baum charts the generational shifts in the focus of research and identifies the best work in each period. One comes away from this book with the feeling that the best days for China watching may be past -- and that in the future, funds for research will be harder to raise.