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“Chinese rulers faced a trade-off, a ‘sovereign dilemma.’ If you wanted to stay in power a long time, you needed to weaken the elites—if they are strong, they will assassinate you! And so you needed to break their networks so they are unable to take collective action.”
The work that we do as scholars, in forging connections to better comprehend the wide array of changes taking place in China, is more important than ever, especially given China’s growing influence and the dramatic transformations taking place in our world.
The China Questions 2: Critical Insights into U.S.-China Relations
Accessible answers to leading questions about China from leading scholars. Available now.