Deceiving the Sky

This latest book on China by Gertz puts the current situation in perspective. Gertz shows how the West’s calculation that a China engaged in international trade would abandon its expansionist ambitions has proven hopelessly wrong. But the consequences of this view have actually facilitated the opposite: the West’s foolish funding of China and transferring technology to the Communist state. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, China has grown increasingly aggressive in its foreign policy, using money and technology supplied by the West to challenge the global status quo in the early 21st Century as never before.