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Ten Questions: American Misunderstandings about China

China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations

ISBN: 978-1-84464-577-0

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-84464-578-7

Hardback-142 Pages

January 2020


£80 €100 $130



The rise of China is perhaps the greatest historical event in the contemporary world. Meanwhile, to explore and understand the rise of China is therefore the most important task of the times in today’s world. In the discussion of China’s rise, various theories of “China Threat”, “China Collapse” and “China Responsibility” etc. have emerged in the western world. Certain specious arguments have filled the US policy circle and the public. Some made simple grafts and bold “revisions” on history, producing the fallacy of “America rebuilding China”. Some purposefully switched the concept, distorting the great historical process of the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation into a well-planned “Hundred-Year Marathon” that aims to replace the US hegemony. While reluctant to judge the above interpretations as fabricated out of thin air, we would rather take them as misunderstanding or misreading due to the lack of in-depth knowledge on “complex China”. Such being the case, what we have done in this essay collection is only to restore the facts as they are, or rather, to at least present opinions from the perspective of Chinese scholars. In doing so, we seek not to persuade or convince anyone, but to make Chinese voice heard in a truthful, objective and rational way. For this purpose, we have selected ten representative China-related discourses that are currently debated in the US government and public, and made thematic and condensed responses in the form of questions and answers – hence the name Ten Questions on China.



Question I Does China Have the Strategy of "Hundred-Year Marathon"?

Question II Is China a "Revisionist Power"?

Question III Is China Still a Developing Country?

Question IV Is China a Market Economy?

Question V Is the Belt and Road Initiative a Geopolitical Strategy?

Question VI Did the United States Help "Rebuild China"?

Question VII Has China Retrogressed in Reform and Opening Up?

Question VIII What is "Made in China 2025"?

Question IX Does China Claim the South China Sea as a "Chinese Lake"?

Question X Is Confucius Institute a "Trojan Horse" from China?


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China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations

The CICIR is among China’s largest, oldest and most influential research institute for international studies. Located in Beijing, the CICIR has approximately 400 staff, including 150 senior research fellows. It consists of 11 departments with different regional and functional concentrations, as well as two research divisions. While CICIR's research spans a range of international affairs, its major focus is the U.S. and U.S.-China relations

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