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  • China's Grand Strategy to Displace American Order
  • By: Rush Doshi
  • Narrated by: Kyle Tait
  • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Summary

In The Long Game, Rush Doshi draws from a rich base of Chinese primary sources, including decades worth of party documents, leaked materials, memoirs by party leaders, and a careful analysis of China's conduct to provide a history of China's grand strategy since the end of the Cold War. 

Taking listeners behind the Party's closed doors, he uncovers Beijing's long, methodical game to displace America from its hegemonic position in both the East Asia regional and global orders through three sequential "strategies of displacement." Beginning in the 1980s, China focused for two decades on "hiding capabilities and biding time." After the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, it became more assertive regionally, following a policy of "actively accomplishing something." Finally, in the aftermath populist elections of 2016, China shifted to an even more aggressive strategy for undermining US hegemony, adopting the phrase "great changes unseen in century."

After charting how China's long game has evolved, Doshi offers a comprehensive yet asymmetric plan for an effective US response. Ironically, his proposed approach takes a page from Beijing's own strategic playbook to undermine China's ambitions and strengthen American order without competing dollar-for-dollar, ship-for-ship, or loan-for-loan.

©2021 Rush Doshi (P)2022 Kalorama

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Excellent understanding of Grand Strategy

Having read a few books on China's Grand Strategy, this may be the most objective, but perhaps not the most broad ranging.
Doshi bases much of his book on the strategic realignment stemming from the Trifecta of events, Tiananmen in 1989, Gulf War 1 and the Collapse of the Soviet Union. Changes unseen in a century, as is frequently reiterated.
A central problem with this book is the repetitive nature, and the repeat of the phrase "changes unseen in a century" sometimes had me literally screaming.
However, a decent book overall and an objective way to understand China's financial and military strategy.

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This should be an easy

I think this should not really be a book but an essay. It could be written in two chapters. I am getting fed up with the author just saying the same thing again and again as he stretches out the book

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