Reviews of The China Fallacy


“This thrilling and thought-provoking volume…seeks to challenge the conventional wisdom underlying current policy toward China. In the concluding chapter, the author suggests that ‘the best way of overcoming the “China threat” and advancing U.S. interests in the Asia Pacific is by achieving a stable peace with China through the resolution of outstanding security and economic disputes between the two countries.’ He also believes that ‘this approach would ensure long-term stability and security in the Asia Pacific, promote U.S. economic prosperity, keep faith with America’s closest allies and underscore America’s profound commitment to democracy and human rights.’ Highly recommended. All readership levels.”

—Choice Reviews, American Library Association   (July 2013)


“Overall, the book’s hypothesis that more fruitful relations with China will result in greater prosperity for America is plausible…I thoroughly enjoyed this thought-provoking book and I highly recommend it for all geopolitical enthusiasts, those interested in US-Sino relations and keen observers of China’s rise. As this book is not a scientific study, but a political analysis, it is easy to read and suitable for those with limited knowledge of the struggle for power and influence in the Asian Pacific region.”

—Jonathon Cini, Security & Peace (Sicherheit und Frieden)   (2013)


“The important message of this book [is] that improved U.S.-China relations are a worthy and important goal supporting global peace and prosperity…The China Fallacy  provides an important but oft-overlooked case for optimism in the bilateral relationship.”

—Rorry Daniels, American Foreign Policy Interests   (2013)


“Former US official Donald Gross has written what he hopes will be the antidote to pervasive ‘China threat’ opinions in the public sphere and policies of the US government…The China Fallacy  is a plea for a more prudent approach of conserving American power and investing in stability for the long term by seeking rapprochement with China.”

—John DeLury, Global Asia   (Spring 2013)


“Gross urges a return to what he calls the traditional US policy goal of preventing any foreign power from exercising regional dominance in the Asia Pacific.  [He] lays out the case for a more open trade relationship between the United States and China and adoption of a new framework for US-China relations.  If positive symbiosis replaced distrust and rivalry between Washington and Beijing, says Gross, tensions between Japan and China could also be moderated.”

—Walter C. Clemens Jr., Asian Perspective   (2013)


The China Fallacy  by Don Gross is a valuable contribution to the debate on the broad implications of a rising China.  In this violent world, we cannot afford not to find common ground to work with China an emerging superpower for the simple reason that we do not want nor can we afford another catastrophic war.”

—Stanton Jue, American Diplomacy   (September 2013)


The China Fallacy indeed provides a rich context to understand China’s multiple challenges such as economic growth, nation building, the pressures of human rights and individual freedom, environmental degradation, population control, energy shortage, ethnic instabilities, the Taiwan issue, and territorial dispute in the East and South China Sea, among others.  A good comprehension of the context helps to reduce the fear of a ‘China threat’ and to persuade US policymakers to find a balance in dealing with China…Given its wide horizons and rich empirical examples, the book…is no doubt valuable in providing a comprehensive perspective of the complexity, risk and opportunity of China’s rise that will unavoidably drive American opinion and policymaking well into the 21st century.”

— Xing Li, Asia Pacific World (Autumn 2013)