LOS ANGELES — Attention last-minute holiday shoppers: We have an easy-to-purchase gift to recommend. And we guarantee that it will fit all sizes, shapes and tastes. This is assuming your intended recipients are intelligent, literate and eager to learn about the world.

The answer is to buy your friends a book on China — any book on China, or any two or even three books. You cannot go wrong. In the last year not one book on China has been published that’s not worth buying and reading.

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