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A Reading List on China
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"Flower Basket" on Tiananmen Square (N509FZ/Creative Commons)

China has poisoned the world with COVID-19, and now increasingly threatens to invade our ally Taiwan. To learn more about the full specter of the CCP’s malevolence, the following is a recommended book list of all things China.

Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific by Robert Kaplan. This book describes the military rise of China in the South China Sea, and how this sets China on a collision course with its neighbors including Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan.

China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine by Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh. This book delves into the history of how our country became so dependent on Chinese-made medicines, and how this is a major safety and supply-chain problem.

China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa by Howard W. French. This book discusses how Chinese companies are expanding infrastructure in Africa, causing great opportunities for mainland Chinese, and dependence for Africans.

God Is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China by Liao Yiwu. Liao Yiwu is a Chinese dissident who has written multiple books and poems critical of the CCP, and currently lives in Germany. In this book, he tells the true stories of several courageous Christians who practice/practiced their faith underground in China.

The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower by Michael Pillsbury. Incorporating information from Chinese defectors and national security documents, this book explores the long game that China has for overtaking the United States militarily and economically.

Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution by Helen Zia. Chinese-American journalist Helen Zia provides a composite sketch of four refugees from Shanghai as it fell to the communists. These stories are based on interviews Zia conducted from hundreds of refugees.

The Long Game: China’s Grand Strategy to Displace American Order by Rush Doshi. Similar to The Hundred-Year Marathon, this book walks through China’s plan to become the world’s greatest economic and military power.

The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited by Loisa Lim. This book depicts recollections of the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre from interviews of survivors, as well as how the CCP has shaped a warped collective memory of the massacre in China.

People’s Trilogy by Frank Dikötter:

Red Roulette: An Insider’s Story of Wealth, Power, Corruption, and Vengeance in Today’s China by Desmond Shum. An eyewitness account of the massive corruption of the “red aristocracy” that runs China today, told by a man who became a billionaire through his contacts with those same people. He later fell out of favor, and his wife was disappeared.

The Tiananmen Papers: The Chinese Leadership’s Decision to Use Force Against Their Own People — In Their Own Words compiled by Zhang Liang. This is a massive compilation of personal accounts of the events of the Tiananmen Square massacre, including events leading up to and following the massacre, as told by the CCP officials that were responding to the unfolding events. Zhang Liang is a pseudonym of a CCP official who leaked these documents.

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