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Jeffrey Wasserstrom: The Great Fall of China

The country has entered the ‘middle income trap.’ It can only escape by taking the lead in industries that depend on brains—not brawn.

David Shambaugh is certainly prolific. His informative book “China’s Future” follows closely on the heels of “China’s Communist Party” (2008) and “China Goes Global” (2013) and fleshes out arguments first showcased in “The Coming Chinese Crackup,” a much discussed op-ed published in this newspaper a year ago. The George Washington University professor’s basic claim is easy to sum up: Unless the party’s general secretary, Xi Jinping, introduces major political reforms, the economy will tank and the party will crumble. Being too careful a scholar to express certainty about the exact timing of these events, Mr. Shambaugh writes only that they will likely happen in the next decade or so. Continue reading

A Tale of Two Summers by Jeffrey Wasserstrom

September 10th, 2014

The century’s sun has set in blooded clouds.

— Rabindranath Tagore, “Sunset of the Century,” December 31, 1900 Continue reading

An interview with Jeffrey Wasserstrom on June 4th, 1989

About Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine and editor of the Journal of Asian Studies. He has been writing about the events of June 4th, 1989 Continue reading