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James Mann: Behold China

In the New Republic, James Mann, author of The China Fantasy: How Our Leaders Explain Away Chinese Repression, among other books, writes an article with the subtitle, “Repressive at home. Aggressive abroad. Driving Obama...

The Reform Fantasy

James Mann has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about prospects for political reform considering the Chinese government’s behavior in the run-up to the Olympics: China’s actions over the past year — its...

New Book on China Raises a Storm – Richard Bernstein

In the International Herald Tribune, Richard Bernstein writes about the debates inspired by James Mann’s book, The China Fantasy: How Our Leaders Explain Away Chinese Repression: …Because Mann’s book accuses China policy makers of a kind of broken promise, it seems to have generated an especially angry response on the Internet and in such specialty […]

Soothing China – Lloyd Macauley Richardson

In Hoover Institution’s Policy Review, Lloyd Richardson, a Washington lawyer and former U.S. foreign service officer, reviews The China Fantasy: How Our Leaders Explain Away Chinese Repression by James Mann: … In this new book, Mann examines China’s prospects for a democratic future and finds them dismal. More important, he asks why nobody in the […]

A Shining Model of Wealth Without Liberty – James Mann

From The Washington Post: The Iraq war isn’t over, but one thing’s already clear: China won. As the United States has been bleeding popularity and influence around the world, China has been gaining both. That’s largely because it has been coming into its own as the first full-blown alternative since the end of the Cold […]

What’s Your China Fantasy? – David M. Lampton & James Mann

Foreign Policy’s website has posted a debate between James Mann and David Lampton over China’s political future (Read a CDT interview with James Mann on this issue here): Nearly two decades after the Tiananmen Square clampdown, China remains a tightly controlled state ruled by the Communist Party. But just how repressive is the Middle Kingdom […]

Trading on China’s Future – George Will

In an op-ed, George Will looks at James Mann’s new book “The China Fantasy“: The theory, which is more than wishful thinking, is that capitalism ineluctably brings about an ever-broader dispersal of information and decision-making, and requires an ethic of trust and a legal regime of promise-keeping (contracts). Those who subscribe to this theory can […]

The third way for China – Benjamin A Shobert

Asia Times has another review of James Mann’s The China Fantasy: James Mann, longtime analyst of Sino-US relations, has written a new book, The China Fantasy: How Our Leaders Explain Away Chinese Repression, in which he plays the role of an observer attempting to prick our collective conscience and ask whether the US is committing […]

America’s China Fantasy – reviews

Several newspapers and magazines have published reviews of James Mann’s new book, The China Fantasy: How Our Leaders Explain Away Chinese Repression. (Read also CDT’s interview with Mann about the book.) From the Washington Post: The China Fantasy raises an awkward and important question: What if there is a third alternative between the rise of […]

The Three China Cards – Gordon G. Chang

In The New York Sun, Gordon Chang, author of The Coming Collapse of China, writes about James Mann’s new book: James Mann’s “The China Fantasy: How Our Leaders Explain Away Chinese Repression” (Viking, 127 pages, $19.95) is not a book about China. As he writes, it is about the China that he has encountered elsewhere. […]

CDT Bookshelf: Interview with James Mann

In his new book, The China Fantasy: How Our Leaders Explain Away Chinese Repression, James Mann, author in residence at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and former Los Angeles Times bureau chief in Beijing, throws into question the conventional wisdom about China’s future. In Mann’s view, U.S.-China relations have […]

CDT Bookshelf: James Mann recommends “To Change China: Western Advisers in China, 1620-1960”

For the CDT Bookshelf, China Digital Times invites experts on China to recommend a book to CDT readers. This month, James Mann, author-in-residence, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and former Beijing correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, recommends “To Change China: Western Advisers in China, 1620-1960” by Jonathan Spence, Little, Brown and Company, […]

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