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Martin Jacques recommends

The writer shares essential books on China's history and bright economic future.

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    China: A New History

    John King Fairbank and Merle Goldman
    Belknap Press, 2006

    A good introduction to China.

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    The Spirit of Chinese Politics

    Lucian W. Pye
    Harvard University Press, 1992

    A classic!

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    The Chinese World Order

    John King Fairbank
    Harvard University Press, 1973

    All about the tributary system.

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    On China

    Henry Kissinger
    Penguin Books, 2012

    Kissinger is better on China than virtually any Western politician.

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    The Great Divergence

    Kenneth Pomeranz
    Princeton University Press, 2001

    Why Europe made it in the 19th century and China didn't.