The China Race

Global Competition for Alternative World Orders

By Fei-Ling Wang

Subjects: International Relations, Chinese Studies, Conflict Resolution, World History
Hardcover : 9781438496580, 432 pages, February 2024
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An analysis of the China Race—the global competition for leadership and world order between the US-led West and the People's Republic of China.


Following its two prequels, The China Order (2017) and The China Record (2023), this book analyzes the China Race, the global competition for power and leadership between the US-led West and the People's Republic of China. Considering the organizational options and optimality with respect to human civilization, Fei-Ling Wang discusses two alternative world orders: the Westphalian System of international relations and a centralized world political unification. Both are feasible and existed before, but with drastically different desirability. The rising power of the PRC state has consistently and methodically sought to recenter and reorganize the world to safeguard and promote its autocracy and, ultimately, build a world empire. Examining the nature, aims, means, accomplishments, pitfalls and failures of Beijing's foreign policy and the state of and developments in Sinology and the West's China policy, Wang focuses on the existential PRC-USA rivalry and proposes a holistic strategic framework, discussing three ranked objectives, for the West and the world, including the Chinese people, to manage, benefit from, and prevail in the China Race.

Fei-Ling Wang is Professor of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the author of The China Record: An Assessment of the People's Republic and The China Order: Centralia, World Empire, and the Nature of Chinese Power, both also published by SUNY Press.


"As an experienced scholar who has observed and contemplated on China for decades, Wang's arguments deftly integrate both humanities/history and political science, concerns for the global order and the Chinese people, the realist perspective in international relations, and normative suggestions for the future global system. The China Race lays down a visible foundation for an important debate in the coming decade and beyond." — Ming Xia, author of The People's Congresses and Governance in China

"The China Race addresses the broad comparative, political-philosophical aspects of the current competition with China that are missing in much of the current scholarship. Wang draws from history and Western as well as classical Chinese political philosophy to separate out what he calls the CCP-PRC entity, a 'Qin-Han' Polity whose interests are not the same as those of the Chinese People and whose very nature is intrinsically incompatible with the US-led liberal international order grounded in the idea of Westphalian state sovereignty." — E. John Gregory, United States Military Academy, West Point