The China Paradox

Project Expert

Elizabeth C. Economy

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

About the Project

In 2012, the Chinese Communist Party unveiled the country’s new leaders—appointing Xi Jinping as General Secretary of the CCP. Although relatively little was known about China’s new leader at the time of his appointment, President Xi has implemented significant reforms over the last five years. In her forthcoming book, The China Paradox (Oxford University Press, 2018), Dr. Elizabeth C. Economy analyzes President Xi’s reforms—exploring the contradictory nature inherent within them. President Xi’s policies are centered around the “great rejuvenation” of the Chinese nation, pledging to root out corruption and achieve the “Chinese dream” for all. From economic reform to foreign policy, Xi has reasserted the role of the state in society and increased China’s participation on the international stage. However, the reforms have also created internal conflict and contradictions, reversing the liberal reforms of previous leaders. The China Paradox explores the impact of these changes—both domestically and internationally—and how the United States can confront a rapidly expanding China in the 21st century.