Nearly everything you know about China is wrong! Yes, within a decade, China will have the worldâ€™s largest economy. But that is the least important thing to know about China. In this enlightening book, two of the worldâ€™s leading China experts turn the conventional wisdom on its head, showing why Chinaâ€™s economic growth will constrain rather than empower it. Pioneering political analyst Damien Ma and global economist Bill Adams reveal why, having 35 years of ferocious economic growth, Chinaâ€™s future will be shaped by the same fundamental reality that has shaped it for millennia: scarcity. Ma and Adams drill deep into Chinese society, illuminating all the scarcities that will limit its power and progress. Beyond scarcities of natural resources and public goods, they illuminate Chinaâ€™s persistent poverties of individual freedoms, cultural appeal, and ideological legitimacy â€” and the corrosive loss of values and beliefs amongst a growing middle class shackled by a parochial and inflexible political system. Everyone knows â€śthe 21st century is Chinaâ€™s to loseâ€ť â€” but, as with so many things that â€śeveryone knows,â€ť thatâ€™s just wrong. Ma and Adams get beyond cheerleading and fearmongering to tell the complex truth about China today. This is a truth you need to hear â€” whether youâ€™re an investor, business decision-maker, policymaker, or citizen.