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Beijing Rules: How China Weaponized Its Economy to Confront the World

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One of the most acclaimed journalists on contemporary China lays bare the country's two decade quest for global dominance and how the Chinese Communist Party coopted what Western leaders have long considered their most powerful tool in the fight for liberal democracy—capitalism—to expand their influence worldwide.

Beijing Rules is a superb expose which reveals how China learned to master capitalism which it now wields in its own authoritarian form to achieve global dominance. As Bethany Allen, the China reporter for Axios, reveals, the long-standing belief that free-trade capitalism is a democratizing force—the assumption underlying much of American and Western policy since World War II—is demonstrably false. Capitalism is actually a two-way street: if democratic values can travel in one direction, authoritarianism can travel in the other. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has successfully engineered what Cold War champions believed to be impossible: an unabashedly Communist Party leading a prosperous capitalist state. 

Written by the first American journalist to expose covert Chinese influence operations in the United States, Beijing Rules includes headline-making stories of western institutions bowing to Beijing’s coercion—a glimpse of what American’s future might look like should liberal democracy come firmly under the thumb of authoritarian capitalism. Grounded in deep investigative reporting, it sounds the alarm about what we must do to prevent the loss of freedoms we now take for granted. 


Bethany Allen is the China reporter at Axios. She previously worked as the lead reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists' China Cables project, as a national security correspondent for the Daily Beast, and as a reporter and editor at Foreign Policy magazine. 

ISBN: 9780063057418

ISBN-10: 9780063057418

Publisher: Harper

Publication Date: 08/01/2023 - 12:00am

On Sale: 08/01/2023 - 12:00am

Pages: 416

Language: English


Political Science / World / Asian

History / Asia / China

Political Science / Geopolitics