Podcast: Is China the Bully of Asia?

Podcast: Is China the Bully of Asia?

Paramilitary policemen hold their fists in front of a flag of Communist Party of China as they attend an oath-taking rally to ensure the safety of the upcoming 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), at a military base in Hangzhou, Z REUTERS/China Daily
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With over 5,000 years of history, modern China must be understood through the lens of its past. In his recent book, Bully of Asia: Why China's Dream is the New Threat to World Order, Steven Mosher argues that from its earliest emperors to President Xi, China has maintained continuity through its distinctive culture and political ideology. Mosher contends that modern China is attempting to reclaim its historic position as global hegemon, to the detriment of American ideals and goals. He argues that without action, the United States will be left behind. But is Beijing truly attempting an assault on Western values and governance? Is China planning to supplant the West’s global leadership? In this week’s Asia Unbound podcast, Steven Mosher offers a provocative perspective on these important questions.   

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Elizabeth C. Economy

C. V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies