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Meet the Author: Howard W. French – Everything Under the Heavens

May 23, 2017

 6:30pm – 8:00pm

For many years after its reform and opening in 1978, China maintained an attitude of false modesty about its ambitions. That role, argues French, has been set aside. China has asserted its place among the global heavyweights, revealing its plans for pan-Asian dominance by building its navy, increasing territorial claims to areas like the South China Sea, and diplomatically bullying smaller players. Underlying this attitude is a strain of thinking that casts China’s present-day actions in decidedly historical terms, as the path to restoring the dynastic glory of the past. If we understand how that historical identity relates to current actions, in ways ideological, philosophical, and even legal, we can learn to forecast just what kind of global power China stands to become—and to interact wisely with a future peer.  >>more information on upcoming event Shop Now