Author James Mann, whose views once stirred controversy about a decade ago when he suggested prosperity might not bring the PRC closer to Western liberal ideals in his book "The China Fantasy," now appears vindicated by the evolution of the relationship between the two superpowers.
What's new: I interviewed Mann this week about the current state of U.S.-China relations, to compare with his older premise (which was one of three possible scenarios) that Western elites misrepresented the benefits of engagement with China. Back then, Mann posed the question...
Bill: In the last year we have seen lots of discussion and handwringing about the “failure” of the engagement policy. Why has it failed, and why were you treated as almost a pariah in the China-watching world when you wrote this book?
Bill: Who do you see as the key drivers of China policy in the Trump administration, and how are they doing?
- From doves to hawks: why the US’ moderate China watchers are growing sceptical about Beijing (South China Morning Post)
- China should worry less about old enemies, more about ex-friends (The Economist)
- How American Foreign Policy Got China Wrong (Foreign Affairs)