The China Box

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The China Box

The Triumph and Terror of Wang Huning – Palladium
The China Model’s Challenge to Democratic Capitalism - American Affairs Journal
The “Surprise” of Authoritarian Resilience in China - American Affairs Journal
The China Question - Tablet Magazine
The China Shock Doctrine | National Affairs
The Universal Ambitions of China’s Illiberal Confucian Scholars – Palladium
China’s Global Ambitions Can’t Escape Soft Power Competition – Palladium
People's Republic of China vs. the West - Tablet Magazine
The Century of Chinese Corporatism - American Affairs Journal
Xi Jinping in Translation: China’s Guiding Ideology – Palladium
What Kind of Regime Does China Have? - The American Interest
People's Republic of China vs. the West - Tablet Magazine
How Deng Xiaoping Solved China’s Trade Problem | Samo Burja
The Theory of History That Guides Xi Jinping – Palladium
chinahistory
2020 letter | Dan Wang
Jiang Shigong, "Empire and World Order" - Reading the China Dream
Xi Jinping’s War on Spontaneous Order – The Scholar's Stage
The West isn’t dying – its ideas live on in China

How does the Chinese leadership think?

  1. The Theory of History That Guides Xi Jinping
  2. Jiang Shigong’s Chinese World Order
  3. What Kind of Regime Does China Have?
  4. Notes:
    • Fukuyama provides a short history of Chinese governance since the early days of the Qin empire.
    • Fukuyama notes that the Maoist communist regime would accurately be labelled as totalitarian, but, the post-Deng reforms could be argued to have led to a more authoritarian regime as a certain degree of personal freedom was introduced, such as travel, property rights, a level of expression of opinion, and intellectuals enjoyed a freer academic environment.
    • Xinping's rise represents a return to the Maoist model of rule. These freedoms have all been intensified, and, in some ways thanks to 21st century artificial intelligence, big data, surveillance technology, erecting a totalitarian system of control that would make Mao blush. Xinping has done away with term limits and introduced Xinping Thought into every facet of life; he is developing a cult of personality akin to Mao. The acceleration of the destruction of religion, primarily by the internment of a million Uyghurs in concentration camps, clampdowns on Hui Muslims and Christians, is a return to the era of communism where any religion outside of the Marxist-Leninist faith must be eradicated.
    • Unlike Mao, who was fairly isolationist in foreign policy, maintaining minimal contact with the world and minimum foreign aggression (excluding border spats here and there with countries like India and Vietnam), Xinping is not only militarily aggressive against India, Taiwan, and in the South China Sea but is also intent on replacing America as the key great power influencer across much of Asia and Africa.
    • The totalitarian model has its precedence in the 16-year long Qin dynasty, which implemented a legalist system that uprooted peasants, executed officers and attempted to bring all within the purview of the state. The authoritarian model is more akin to the Han dynasty's confucianist temperament.
  5. Xi Jinping in Translation: China’s Guiding Ideology
  6. The Century of Chinese Corporatism

What does China want to achieve?

  1. China's Vision for a New World Order
  2. A "China Model?" Beijing’s Promotion of Alternative Global Norms and Standards
  3. China’s Plans to Win Control of the Global Order
  4. China’s Global Ambitions Can’t Escape Soft Power Competition
  5. The World That China Wants - a trilogy:
    1. Why Intentions Matter
    2. The Communist Case in Brief
    3. Taking Chinese Communism Seriously
  6. The Universal Ambitions of China’s Illiberal Confucian Scholars

What has blinded America to the threat of China?

  1. The China Shock Doctrine
  2. The China Question
  3. The “Surprise” of Authoritarian Resilience in China
  4. The China Model’s Challenge to Democratic Capitalism

Further Reading on Grand Strategy

  1. China’s Belt and Road Plan to Reshape the International Order
  2. Global strategy 2021: An allied strategy for China
  3. The US Ban on Huawei Is Creating a Multipolar World

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