Magazine August 29, 2016, Issue

The China Delusion

This Brave New World: India, China, and the United States, by Anja Manuel (Simon & Schuster, 368 pp., $27)

Readers of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass will remember the White Queen’s pride in teaching herself to believe six impossible things before breakfast. In This Brave New World, Anja Manuel, former State Department official and now partner in RiceHadleyGates LLC (more on that later), struggles to get her readers to do the same. Her six impossible propositions concern China, the country that occupies the bulk of her discussion of why “a prosperous, confident China and India are good for the United States.” In India’s case, she’s certainly right. In China’s, Manuel’s main thesis — that “it is preferable to

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Arthur Herman is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and the author of, most recently, The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered the World (Houghton Mifflin, 2021).

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