One of the U.S. government's leading China experts reveals the hidden strategy fueling that country's rise – and how Americans have been seduced into helping China overtake us as the world's leading superpower.
For more than forty years, the United States has played an indispensable role helping the Chinese government build a booming economy, develop its scientific and military capabilities, and take its place on the world stage, in the belief that China's rise will bring us cooperation, diplomacy, and free trade. But what if the "China Dream" is to replace us, just as America replaced the British Empire, without firing a shot?
Based on interviews with Chinese defectors and newly declassified, previously undisclosed national security documents, The Hundred-Year Marathon reveals China's secret strategy to supplant the United States as the world's dominant power, and to do so by 2049, the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. Michael Pillsbury, a fluent Mandarin speaker who has served in senior national security positions in the U.S. government since the days of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, draws on his decades of contact with the "hawks" in China's military and intelligence agencies and translates their documents, speeches, and books to show how the teachings of traditional Chinese statecraft underpin their actions. He offers an inside look at how the Chinese really view America and its leaders – as barbarians who will be the architects of their own demise.
Pillsbury also explains how the U.S. government has helped – sometimes unwittingly and sometimes deliberately – to make this "China Dream" come true, and he calls for the United States to implement a new, more competitive strategy toward China as it really is, and not as we might wish it to be. The Hundred-Year Marathon is a wake-up call as we face the greatest national security challenge of the twenty-first century.
If you read this, you will never see China the same way again. And you’ll be better for it.
Scary truth that’s obvious if you look
The book spoke a lot about a political regime hell-bent on taking over as the major world power by whatever means necessary. The moves they are making should be obvious to the casual observer how much China is willing to do anything to get what it feels it should have. The author does a great job humbly convincing you not to fall under the same misconceptions he was guilty of. Read tia book and pay attention to mews in the Pacific region and you’ll see how painfully truthful the authors words are.
A Warning Shot
Michael Pillsbury performs a great service in defining the threat emerging from China. The threat many not initially be militaristic, but it is certainly detrimental to the Breton Woods system and the propagation of liberalism throughout the world. China is the enemy of American individualism, free press, free markets, freedom of religion, nuclear nonproliferation, and any other ideals attributable to the West. This book posses to the reader: Can we afford to let the Chinese Communist Party become the hegemony they accuse the United States of being?
This book is required reading for a post-COVID-19 world in which China works to integrate Taiwan just as it has done with Hong Kong (and the Tibet and Xinjiang provinces before them).