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  • Published: 20 September 2022
  • ISBN: 9789815017717
  • Imprint: PRH SEA
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • RRP: $35.00


A Wasted Opportunity

How can we prevent the growing ChinaPhobia phenomenon from turning competition into mutually destructive conflict?

ChinaPhobia - A Wasted Opportunity is an informative book, unbiased towards either China or America. It has been written in the form of a conversation between a father-a former journalist and senior diplomat—and his businessman son. Both academics present the facts combined with insights gained from years of observations of China.

Part one describes the factors that have led to ChinaPhobia: pace of China's economy, gravitational shifts towards Asia, territorial disputes, lack of soft powers, Belt and Road Initiative, resignation as the 'world's factory', Covid-19, and tries to explain China's cultural and political thinking.

The second part of the book concerns changes within the economic partnership which led to the increasing distrust of the US government and corporations towards China, reflected not only in their trade war, but also in growing US and Western support for China's red-lines including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet. It is mirrored in an ongoing behind-the-scenes arms race, which has a paramount impact on the relationship between the two regimes—and on the rest of the world.

Thirdly, China's increasingly sensitive ambition towards global leadership is explained, and the roles of various think tanks and experts on both sides is analyzed objectively.
Urgent questions are addressed in the final part of the book. Without a timely response, inflating ChinaPhobia could become the biggest threat to global peace, economic growth and stability, poisoning international relations in the coming years. The authors discuss the means of mitigation at home and abroad.

  • Published: 20 September 2022
  • ISBN: 9789815017717
  • Imprint: PRH SEA
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • RRP: $35.00

About the authors

Karim Alwadi

Dr Karim Alwadi is an entrepreneur/ political scientist based in Beijing since 2001. Started up and founded several companies in China spanning sectors from machinery manufacturing, infrastructure investment and development, to the travel industry.
He received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in International Relations, focusing on Sino Arab Relations, at China RenMin University. obtained his PHD degree in International Politics from China Foreign Affairs University. An active member in the Chinese Academic society.
Karim currently holds the following positions:
- Fellow of Ren Min University Middle East and African Studies Institute.
- Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Governance and Development at Tong Ji University in Shanghai.
- China-Arab State Expo Advisory Board Member
Co-Founder of the Saving Syrian Children Program, a charity program initiated in 2017, with a focus on providing aid to Syrian families affected by war.
- Fellow of the Aspen Institute-Global leaders Program.
- YPO (Young President Organaization) Beijing Chapter member.
- Author of the book Real Story of Hezbollah (Chinese), Recipient of the 2019 McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund.

Mohammad Kheir Alwadi

Dr Mohammed Kheir Alwadi was born in 1948. He studied Media and Publicity in Moscow State University from 1968 to 1974, from where he received his master's degree.
He received an Honorary Doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences in St Petersburg, of which he became an integral member. He served as a Director for foreign radio stations in Radio Damascus in 1975, then as a General Director of Syrian Radio in 1977. In the period 1978-1980 he was Director of Syrian National Television.
He became Chief Editor, General Director General of Alwahda Foundation for Press and Publishing, and Chief Editor of Al-Thawra newspaper in Syria from 1980 to 1990.
In 1990, he became Director General for Tishreen Foundation for Press and Publishing, and the Chief Editor for Tishreen newspaper.
In 2000, he became an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for the Syrian Arab Republic in the People's Republic of China, until the end of 2008.
In 2002, he became a Non-Resident Ambassador for Syria in both Vietnam and Mongolia.
In 2009, he founded the China and Asia Research Centre, which to date he still heads. In 2013, he became an integral member of the Russian Peter the Great Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is a member of International, Arab, and Syrian Federations of Journalists. He has written many political articles and studies about international affairs and Chinese-Arab relations as well as a large number of books on politics and mass media, including:

The Most Important Media Bodies in the World
1. British Broadcasting Corporation - the Arabic Section
2. Studies about Psychological War and Propaganda
3. Chinese Foreign Policy
4. China's Experiences from Extremism to Moderation
5. Chinese-Israeli Relations - Cold Considerations
6. Meetings with Leaders from Countries of Asia
7. The Chinese Community: A View from the Inside (under publication)
8. He has also published a number of literary works, including the novel The Flaming Frost and a collection of short stories.

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