The history of the People’s Republic, according to the dominant narrative, falls into two broad sections, the tumultuous decades dominated by Mao Zedong, the founder of “New China”, and the time of “reform and opening up” started by successor Deng Xiaoping. And as China rose, the West engaged the country to bring it into the international community.
Now, however, the Chinese state has passed political and economic inflection points. As a result, the third era of the People’s Republic has already begun. Gordon Chang explains how in this third era, dominated by strongman Xi Jinping, other nations are struggling to develop new approaches to deal with a China moving in deeply troubling directions.
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Gordon G. Chang is the author The Coming Collapse of China and Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World. He has spoken at the Council on Foreign Relations, The Brookings Institution, RAND, the University of Toronto, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and other institutions. He has given briefings at the National Intelligence Council, the CIA, the State Department, and the Pentagon, and has appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, MSNBC, CNBC, PBS, Bloomberg Television, BBC, CBC, TVO, BNN, CTV, and Sun News Network. He has also appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, Barron’s, The Daily Beast, The National Interest, and National Review among others. He is a contributor at Forbes.com and blogs at World Affairs Journal. He has served two terms as a trustee of Cornell University.