Susan Shirk

In China, Slowdown Is a Bigger Danger Than Growth

While China’s rise is often seen as a threat to other nations, Citigroup’s Peter Orszag argues that the world has more to fear from a Chinese slowdown than from continued growth. Furthermore, he writes, recent...

Chen Guangcheng “Can Apply to Study Abroad”

Chinese authorities announced on Friday that Chen Guangcheng would be allowed to apply to study abroad, suggesting a possible accommodation of his new wish to spend time in the US. He remains isolated in Beijing’s Chaoyang...

China’s Premier Seeks Reforms and Relevance

The New York Times discusses Wen Jiabao’s position as Beijing’s “human face”, his repeated calls for reform and transparency, and what substance might really lie behind them: “When Wen became...

Tech Savvy Politics

While the world is transfixed by the Tahrir Square struggle in Cairo and the role of new media, China quietly removed “Egypt” as a searchable term on its web. Egypt has brought to the fore the challenges China’s next generation...

A Country on the Edge – John Pomfret

In the Washington Post, John Pomfret reviews Fragile Superpower by Susan Shirk: At a time when much writing about China frothily presumes the unstoppable rise of a global titan, it is refreshing that a respected academic and former government official (Shirk was the deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia during the second Clinton […]

CDT Bookshelf: Interview with Susan Shirk

In her new book, China: Fragile Superpower: How China’s Internal Politics Could Derail Its Peaceful Rise, Susan Shirk counters the prevailing image of the Communist Party of China as a strong-armed, authoritarian regime to show a leadership that is plagued by deep-seated insecurities and fear of its own people. Shirk, who has worked as Deputy […]

Underestimating China’s “Resilient Authoritarianism”? – James F. Paradise

On Asia Media, James Paradise reviews China: Fragile Superpower by Susan L. Shirk: In her new book, China: Fragile Superpower, Shirk, a professor at University of California, San Diego’s Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, offers an in-depth analysis of the major forces that drive Chinese politics. Her argument is that China’s political […]

China’s “Split Personality” – Susan L. Shirk

From The China Blog – Time: Having trouble getting a coherent picture of China as a rising power? No wonder. The contradictory images are difficult to reconcile. China calls itself a responsible power — a term it...



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