Interview

Middle Class Shanghai: Reshaping U.S.-China Engagement
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Cheng Li
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Director, Brookings Institution, John L. Thornton China Center
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1 | 'Middle Class Shanghai: Reshaping U.S.-China Engagement' by Cheng Li

‘Among the many forces shaping China's domestic transformation and its role on the world stage, none may prove more significant than the rapid emergence and explosive growth of the Chinese middle-class.’

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Malcolm Riddell
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Middle Class Shanghai: Reshaping U.S.-China Engagement
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Cheng Li
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Director, Brookings Institution, John L. Thornton China Center
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How China's Middle-Class China is Transforming China and the World

‘Among the many forces shaping China's domestic transformation and its role on the world stage, none may prove more significant than the rapid emergence and explosive growth of the Chinese middle-class.’

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Malcolm Riddell
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Middle Class Shanghai: Reshaping U.S.-China Engagement
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Cheng Li
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Director, Brookings Institution, John L. Thornton China Center
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2 | ‘My Humble Effort’

‘My book, Middle Class Shanghai, is a humble effort to provide a different angle, based the cultural and the educational fronts, from the perspective of shared middle-class lifestyles, aspirations, concerns, and values.’

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Malcolm Riddell
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Middle Class Shanghai: Reshaping U.S.-China Engagement
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Cheng Li
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Director, Brookings Institution, John L. Thornton China Center
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3 | The ‘Haipai’ - ‘Jingpai’ Divide

‘Just as New York and Washington are profoundly different from each other, the same can be said about Shanghai and Beijing.’

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Malcolm Riddell
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Middle Class Shanghai: Reshaping U.S.-China Engagement
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Cheng Li
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Director, Brookings Institution, John L. Thornton China Center
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4 | The Shanghai Paradoxes

‘Middle-Class Shanghai actually reveals China's unsettled future because Shanghai embodies what I call two tales of a city. Now in my view, Shanghai was, is, and will be paradoxical.’

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Malcolm Riddell
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Middle Class Shanghai: Reshaping U.S.-China Engagement
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Cheng Li
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Director, Brookings Institution, John L. Thornton China Center
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5 | 'It is premature to say that engagement has failed.'

‘It is premature to conclude that the U.S. engagement policy with China under the eight presidents prior to the Trump administration has failed.’

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Malcolm Riddell
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From Rebel to Ruler: One Hundred Years of the Chinese Communist Party
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Tony Saich
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Professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Five Themes that Point to Where the Chinese Communist Party & China are Heading

As the Chinese Communist Party begins its second century, it’s useful to identify enduring patterns that might aid us in understanding China today and the directions it might be heading.

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Malcolm Riddell
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From Rebel to Ruler: One Hundred Years of the Chinese Communist Party
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Tony Saich
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Professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

From Rebel to Ruler: One Hundred Years of the Chinese Communist Party by Tony Saich

‘In our discussions, you've identified five themes that have been more or less consistent throughout the history of the party but have oscillated between different points on a continuum:’

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1 | The Interview: Clyde Prestowitz

‘I have spent a lot of time negotiating with countries around the world, but particularly with China, Japan, and Korea, in pursuit of American attempts, to persuade them to change their policies and change their objectives, and the way that they pursue building their economies. And I have come to the conclusion that they're not going to change.'

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Malcolm Riddell
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2 | 'Shame on You'

‘The bottom line really is that if you're a major American company, and you're doing a lot of business in China, effectively, you are contributing to the torture of the weavers, to the crackdown in Hong Kong, to the threat to Taiwan.’

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Malcolm Riddell
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3 | 'Made in America'

‘President Biden made the statement in a speech: “Buy American. Make it in America.” Why can't we make wind turbines in Pittsburgh, as well as in Beijing?’

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Malcolm Riddell
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4 | The Chinese System

'Now, how does The China Daily get into The Washington Post? It gets there because the United Front Work Department of the Chinese Communist Party is funding that. And so it's a whole of society attack.

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China Coup: The Great Leap to Freedom
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Roger Garside
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former British diplomat in Beijing, development banker, & capital market development advisor

'Regime change in China is not only possible, it is imperative.'

‘We must make regime change in China the highest goal of our strategy towards that country.’ ‘The US and its allies cannot dictate to China the political system by which it is governed. But they can and must engineer conditions which embolden and enable those in China who also want regime change to achieve it.’

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Mike Lampton
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School of Advanced International Studies(SAIS)

'Rivers of Iron': Changing the Face of Asia

‘But what's happened now is that Southeast Asia is rich enough to contemplate such infrastructure and that the Chinese have the technology, money, and high-speed rail industry so that they can both finance or help finance and build it.’

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Shang-Jin Wei
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Professor, Columbia University & former Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank

Why China's Economy is Growing Faster than Others

‘First is China's relatively aggressive and decisive measures on the COVID public health crisis itself that managed to get the pandemic under control much faster than the other large economies.’ ‘The relative success in controlling the pandemic translates into how much people are willing to go back to their normal lives, to their jobs, and the like.’

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Joerg Wuttke
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President, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

The Chinese Communist Party Fears Ending Up Like the Soviet Union

‘The propaganda ministry - within four to six weeks - managed to turn China into a problem for Europeans. China’s standing in Europe is eroding by the day.'

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Tony Saich
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Professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

The Party is Infallible

'The Hong Kong demonstrations can never be because of policy mistakes by the Communist Party itself.’ During our interview, Tony Saich of the Harvard Kennedy School told me: ‘Hong Kong, with its responses to the demonstrations, and the Coronavirus are both illustrative examples of how the culture of the Communist Party and the traditions it's built up over almost a hundred years reflect the way it behaves when it's confronted by certain crises.’

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Craig Allen
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President, U.S.-China Business Council

The Phase One Trade Deal

‘The good news is that 80% of our members said they thought the Phase One agreement was a good thing.' 'But only 19% said it was worth it.' 'What the 80% said they are happy about was that there no more new tariffs were coming immediately.’

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Bonnie Glaser
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Director of the China Power Project

South China Sea & Taiwan

'It would not be accurate to say China claims the entire South China Sea as its sovereign territory because the Chinese are unclear about what exactly their claim is and what it is based on.'

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Tom Barkin
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President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Why Inflation Should Not Be A Problem

‘This is a crisis where the first chair is held by the public health officials, and the second chair is held by the fiscal authorities. We at the Fed have the freedom to be able to move relatively quickly, but we're the third chair here, trying to help out where we can.’

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Bill Overholt
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Senior Fellow at Harvard Asia Center

China, America, & the 'Jaws Syndrome'

‘Both Trump and Xi have a fundamental political divide problem that the COVID-19 epidemic has exposed and made more apparent – and made substantially worse.’

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Yukon Huang
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Carnegie Endowment

Why We Need Stronger Global Institutions

‘The trade war was actually about the dissemination of knowledge, knowledge transfer, technological transfer.’ ‘A great irony. We need global institutions or arrangements to deal with trade, technology, and health because individuals, corporations, and national governments cannot.’

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Bill Reinsch
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Senior Adviser and Scholl Chair in International Business

The Pandemic's Impact on Trade

‘There are some people who would say that there was already a retreat from globalization underway.’ ‘The tools of globalization - enormous reductions in the cost of transportation and communication - remain.’ ‘But the marginal utility actually of further advances is declining – that would be one way to put it.’

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John Quelch | Dean, Miami Herbert Business School at the University of Miami

The Pandemic May Increase China's Economic Strength vis-à-vis the U.S.

‘Well, I think people around the world are rightly suspicious of the Chinese as they are probably equally suspicious of the Americans.'

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John Quelch | Dean, Miami Herbert Business School at the University of Miami
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Malcolm Riddell
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David Kotok | Cumberland Advisors
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Bill Reinsch
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Senior Adviser and Scholl Chair in International Business

Trump, Trade, & China

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Malcolm Riddell
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Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era: Reassessing Collective Leadership
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Cheng Li
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Director, Brookings Institution, John L. Thornton China Center

'Chinese Politics In The Xi Jinping Era'

[Malcolm Riddell Interviewed Cheng Li] 'If you ask any taxi driver in Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou, he or she will tell you – with accuracy – which leader belongs to which faction. : 'China is a one–party state, but that does not necessarily mean Chinese leadership is a monolithic group with leaders who have the same ideas, same background, same world views, same politics. No, they're divided.'

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The Taliban: 'China's Perfect Partner'?

Breaking through the blow-by-blow reporting that started when the Taliban began its sweep to victory are the geopolitical analyses of who gains and who loses in Afghanistan.
8/28/2021

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Malcolm Riddell
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'Are you tired of losing yet, America?'

As I write this, Taliban forces have entered Kabul and are reportedly occupying the Presidential Palace.
8/15/2021

Bloomberg

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'China Signals More Regulation for Businesses in Coming Years'

‘The State Council’s statement provides a guiding context to interpret current regulatory thrusts. The blueprint as an attempt by Chinese authorities to help investors understand the motives behind the regulatory push.’
8/15/2021

The Wall Street Journal

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George Soros

'Xi’s Dictatorship Threatens the Chinese State'

‘Mr. Xi is determined to bring the creators of wealth under the control of the one-party state.’
8/15/2021

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Malcolm Riddell
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Don't Say Xi Jinping Didn't Warn You

‘Global investors are shocked to have discovered that China is run by Communists.’
8/5/2021

Bloomberg

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Matthew Brooker | Bloomberg
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Matthew Brooker | Bloomberg

‘Global investors shocked to have discovered that China is run by Communists.’

‘Global investors are shocked to have discovered that China is run by Communists.’
8/5/2021

Bloomberg

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'Shocked Investors Scour Xi’s Old Speeches to Find Next Target'

‘While China’s policy moves can feel ad hoc particularly to foreign investors, the changes are quite targeted on certain sectors.’
8/5/2021