In his masterful new book, my friend and long-time Singaporean diplomat, Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani, surveys US-China relations and simplifies the Chinese point of view for western audiences. Has China Won? starts off by teeing up insightful questions that the balance of the volume then explores in depth. The book is illuminating in its recounting of Chinese history, and imaginative in employing tools that simplify complexity for the reader. A hypothetical memo to President Xi being one such case in point. Mahbubani puts forth the Chinese position and then seamlessly switches to the US perspective, offering explanations that underscore his genuine and deep understanding of the issues in play between two of the world’s most powerful countries. For anyone wanting to understand China or its place in the world of the future, this book is not one to be missed.
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