Chaos Under Heaven: Trump, Xi, and the Battle for the Twenty-First Century
Relations between the United States and China have deteriorated over the past twenty years, and a book like this seems to come out at either the end of or in the middle of a presidential administration like clockwork since the 1980s when China began to open its economy. This book reads like a long newspaper article, just enough information to get people hooked, but lacking the depth and background that a historian could bring to the table. The idea of the United States and China are battling over the twenty-first century began even before the twenty-first century even began. It has been a long bug a boo of policymakers and thinktanks that China has not liberalized its government even with the economy becoming more intertwined with the world. Though often the commentators often have a surface understanding of how the Chinese state actually works. This book explores more of the chaos the Trump administration showed toward China, a phenomenon that the Trump administration did to many countries including long-term allies. It is an entry into a world where things never remained the same and policy could change as quickly as a three a.m. tweet.
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