In January 2017 Xi Jinping became the first Chinese president to attend the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering in Davos. Xi’s attendance, and his robust defense of globalization, were symbolic of the changing realities of global power. As global wealth and influence flow from west to east, Asia’s growth is ever more tied to global integration. Viewed from America, however, this process of easternization is often portrayed as a threat to American jobs and security – a perception that could increase as China’s regional economic and security influence grows. Is there an alternative to this zero sum assessment of US-Asian relations?
Gideon Rachman’s new book Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline From Obama to Trump and Beyond will be available for purchase and signing via The Book Cellar after the program.