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Blaming China

“It’s one of the oldest temptations in politics: to divert attention from internal problems by directing blame and anger at a foreign foe.”

James Fallows

“We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country.”
GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, May 1, 2016, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

“It’s one of the oldest temptations in politics: to divert attention from internal problems by directing blame and anger at a foreign foe. Benjamin Shobert does a very good job of explaining why this impulse can be so dangerous in today’s U.S.–China relations and how each country can sensibly address its own real problems without imagining that the other is the cause.”

James Fallows
National Correspondent for the Atlantic and Author of China Airborne: The Test of China’s Future

“This book couldn’t be more timely or more needed. Shobert does a brilliant job of helping us remember what an absolute good China’s peaceful rise represents for globalization as a whole. By doing so, he injects a big dollop of realism and sensibility into a debate that’s spiraled out of control across a Washington that’s more eager to scapegoat China for America’s structural problems than addressing them directly. I have been desperately waiting for this book.”

Tom Barnett
Author of The New York Times’ Bestseller Great Powers: America and the World After Bush

“Shobert offers a critically needed antidote to the pall hanging over the U.S.–China relationship and pessimism about America’s future. He expertly marshals a wide array of evidence derived from direct experience, extended contemplation, and a deep sense of responsibility. He argues that effectively addressing America’s challenges, including its anxieties about China, requires pursuing a smart and clear-eyed strategy of engagement with China, while also getting America’s own political and economic house in order. China and non-China specialists alike should read this book.”

Scott Kennedy
Freeman Chair in China Studies, and Director of the Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

“China is now primary creditor, foreign market, source of goods, and strategic factor in every sphere of American influence. In short, the United States is now one-half of the most important bilateral relationship in the world today. Meanwhile, the average American’s understanding of China remains outdated and outmoded. . . . Blaming China is essential reading right now. We must not miss out on the vast commercial opportunities offered by the rise of modern China.” Mitch Presnick Founder and Former Chairman and CEO of Super 8 Motels (China)

“Shobert articulates an argument rarely heard in Western media. His perspective provides welcome balance to the increasingly one-sided narrative on China in U.S. politics.”

Ann Lee
Author of Will China’s Economy Collapse