The history of the People’s Republic, according to the dominant narrative, falls into two broad sections, the tumultuous decades dominated by Mao Zedong, the founder of “New China”, and the time of “reform and opening up” started by successor Deng Xiaoping. And as China rose, the West engaged the country to bring it into the international community.
Now, however, the Chinese state has passed political and economic inflection points. As a result, the third era of the People’s Republic has already begun. Gordon Chang explains how in this third era, dominated by strongman Xi Jinping, other nations are struggling to develop new approaches to deal with a China moving in deeply troubling directions.