For many years after its reform and opening in 1978, China maintained an attitude of false modesty about its ambitions. That role, reports French, has been set aside. China has asserted its place, revealing its plans for pagmn-Asian dominance by building its navy, increasing territorial claims in the South China Sea, and diplomatically bullying smaller players. French discusses the thinking that casts China’s present-day actions in historical terms, as the path to restoring the dynastic glory of the past.
About the Author
Howard W. French wrote from Africa for The Washington Post and, at The New York Times, was bureau chief in Central America and the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Japan, and China. He is the author of China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa, and has written for The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times Magazine among others. He is on the faculty of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.