The Hundred-Year Marathon China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower

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  • Copyright: 2/3/2015
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

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One of the U.S. government's leading China experts reveals the hidden strategy fueling that country's rise and how Americans have been seduced into helping China overtake us as the world's leading superpower.

For more than forty years, the United States has played an indispensable role helping the Chinese government build a booming economy, develop its scientific and military capabilities, and take its place on the world stage, in the belief that China's rise will bring us cooperation, diplomacy, and free trade. But what if the "China Dream" is to replace us, just as America replaced the British Empire, without firing a shot?

Based on interviews with Chinese defectors and newly declassified, previously undisclosed national security documents, The Hundred-Year Marathon reveals China's secret strategy to supplant the United States as the world's dominant power, and to do so by 2049, the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. Michael Pillsbury, a fluent Mandarin speaker who has served in senior national security positions in the U.S. government since the days of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, draws on his decades of contact with the "hawks" in China's military and intelligence agencies and translates their documents, speeches, and books to show how the teachings of traditional Chinese statecraft underpin their actions. He offers an inside look at how the Chinese really view America and its leaders as barbarians who will be the architects of their own demise.

Pillsbury also explains how the U.S. government has helped sometimes unwittingly and sometimes deliberately to make this "China Dream" come true, and he calls for the United States to implement a new, more competitive strategy toward China as it really is, and not as we might wish it to be. The Hundred-Year Marathon is a wake-up call as we face the greatest national security challenge of the twenty-first century.

Author Biography

Michael Pillsbury is a defense policy adviser who has served in presidential administrations from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama. Educated at Stanford and Columbia universities, he is a former analyst at the RAND Corporation and research fellow at Harvard and has served in senior positions in the Defense Department and on the staff of four U.S. Senate committees. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies and lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Author’s Note    XI
Introduction: Wishful Thinking    1
1. The China Dream    17
2. Warring States    31
3. Only China Could Go to Nixon    52
4. Mr. White and Ms. Green    80
5. America, the Great Satan    99
6. China’s Message Police    115
7. The Assassin’s Mace    134
8. The Capitalist Charade    156
9. A China World Order in 2049    177
10. Warning Shots    197
11. America as a Warring State    214

Notes    235
Acknowledgments    303
Index    307

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