How the Chinese Dream and the American Destiny Create a Pacific New World Order

“No international strategic relationship is more important or more consequential than that between the United States and China—now and as far as we can reasonably see into the future. . . . Anyone seeking a holistic understanding of the Sino-U.S. relationship—and where it might be heading—should read this book.” —CIA Director JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Peacceful War book cover“A dazzling analysis, full of history, philosophy, ironic similarities and unusual distinctions, fears and hopes, but mostly dreams—the kind of dreams Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela dreamed. For that reason and more, Peaceful War is worth reading.” —Colonel LAWRENCE WILKERSON, former chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell

“Luminously situated President Obama’s Asia pivot . . . in a rich historical context . . . that is often lost in geopolitical writing.” —Senator THOMAS DASCHLE, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader

“Meticulously researched, this unprecedented study of the evolving Sino-American relations is timely, levelheaded, and fair above all else.” —HARVARD INTERNATIONAL REVIEW

“Another landmark work comparing Chinese and American national discourses and the future of their relations.” —Professor SHEN DINGLI, Fudan University

“[This book] is a breakthrough that is powerful, inspiring, and visionary. . . . the world should read this book and heed Dr. Mendis’ wise counsel.” —Professor WANG DONG, Peking University

“His insightful observations shed new light on today’s China-U.S. relations and the future of Pacific world order. This makes his book particularly unique. . . . both nations could learn to appreciate each other better.” —Professor CHUANJIE ZHANG, Tsinghua University

“Dr. Mendis brings all students of international relations into a long journey of rational soul searching.” —Professor ALEXANDER HUANG, Tamkang University

“An innovative analysis that is wise, welcome, and timely.” —Dr. WEI HONGXIA, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

“The highest compliment a reader can give an author is to think: ‘I wish I’d said that.’ This imaginative and optimistic book provokes numerous responses of this sort. Mendis counsels historical awareness, cultural sensitivity, and humility as Americans peer across the Pacific to a China intent upon assuming its rightful place in the world. It’s hard to think of better advice.” —Dr. ROBERT HATHAWAY, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

“An important book that changes the way we think about these two superpowers.” —Dr. SHIRO ARMSTRONG, Australian National University and editor of the East Asia Forum

“A timely and valuable examination . . . His innovative work sheds light [by] using the American experience to elucidate some of the compelling internal challenges that lie ahead for the government and the people of China.” —Dean ERIC SCHWARTZ, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

“This book is an important guide for broader policy dialogue among strategic thinkers in both Beijing and Washington.” —Dean EDWARD RHODES, School of Public Policy, George Mason University