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Susan Shirk on How China’s Actions Derailed its Peaceful Rise
For decades, China's rise to power was characterized by its reassurance that this rise would be peaceful. Then, after the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 and Xi Jinping took power in 2012, something changed.
In her illuminating new book “Overreach: How China Derailed Its Peaceful Rise,” Susan Shirk explains what happened by prying open the "black box" of China's political system and looks at what derailed its peaceful rise. Through extensive interviews and meticulous analysis, Shirk reveals the dynamics driving overreach. Combining her decades of research and experience, Shirk, one of the world's most respected experts on Chinese politics, argues that we are now fully embroiled in a new cold war. To counter it, she argues, the worst mistake the rest of the world, and the U. S. in particular, can make is to overreact.

• Susan Shirk, Chair, 21st Century China Center, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

• Victor Shih, Ho Miu Lam Chair in China and Pacific Relations, Associate Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

This webinar series is organized by the 21st Century China Center at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. For more information on China activities, as well as recordings of previous webinars, please visit china.ucsd.edu.

Oct 6, 2022 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Susan Shirk
Chair, 21st Century China Center @UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy
Susan Shirk is chair of the 21st Century China Center and research professor at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. Shirk’s 2008 book, “China: Fragile Superpower,” helped frame the policy debate on China in the U.S. and other countries. Other books include: “The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China,” “Competitive Comrades” and “Changing Media, Changing China.” She previously served as deputy assistant secretary of state (1997-2000), responsible for U.S. policy toward China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia. She is director emeritus of the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and founded the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue, an unofficial forum for discussion of security issues. Her latest book, “Overreach: How China Derailed its Peaceful Rise,” is published by Oxford University Press in October 2022.