Magazine August 2, 2021, Issue

Our Broken Engagement with China

Performers rally around the Red Flag during a show commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, June 28, 2021. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)
The Trump administration needed to reverse unsuccessful policies 

In July the Chinese Communist Party celebrated its 100th anni­versary with familiar totalitarian pageantry: displays of military hardware, cheering red-scarved youth, and a nationwide crackdown on dissidents to ensure “political security.” The cult of personality that CCP general secretary Xi Jinping has assiduously built for himself was also on full display, as the unelected supreme leader of China delivered a speech wearing a drab tunic commonly referred to as a “Mao suit.” The symbolism Xi was trying to convey to the Chinese people with his garb was obvious: I am equal in significance to Chairman Mao as a leader. To

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This article appears as “Broken Engagement” in the August 2, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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Michael R. Pompeo — Mr. Pompeo is a distinguished fellow at Hudson Institute. He previously served as the 70th U.S. secretary of state.

In This Issue

Introduction

Geopolitics

Economic Competition

Human Rights

Books, Arts & Manners

Sections

The Week

The Week

The geopolitical, economic, and ideological competition between the U.S. and China is now out in the open.

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