ChinaFile Presents: Asia's Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century


With Richard McGregor, Ian Buruma and Susan Shirk, moderated by Orville Schell

NEW YORK, September 7, 2017 — ChinaFile presents Orville Schell, Richard McGregor, Ian Buruma, and Susan Shirk discussing McGregor's new book "Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century." (1 hr. 17 min.)

ChinaFile and The New York Review of Books are pleased to co-host the launch of a new book by former Financial Times correspondent Richard McGregor: Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century. McGregor, who spent many years covering Japan and China for major newspapers, explores the long-smoldering enmity between the two great East Asian rivals and the way its resurgence threatens not only America’s position in the Pacific but also the global economy. Drawing on both deep archival research and interviews with major diplomatic players, McGregor reveals both the architecture that has held the region together in the postwar era and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.

Copies of Richard McGregor's forthcoming book can be purchased at AsiaStore.


Richard McGregor is a journalist and author who has reported extensively on East Asia. McGregor has served as Washington and Beijing bureau chief for the Financial Times and was a 2015 fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His previous book, The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers, won numerous awards, including Asia Society’s Bernard Schwartz Book Award and Mainishi Shimbun's Best on Asia in the 23rd Asian-Pacific Awards.

Ian Buruma, a writer, academic, and historian, is the Editor of The New York Review of Books. Buruma spent much of his early writing career reporting in Asia. He has written about politics and culture for a variety of publications, including The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Corriere della Sera, The Financial Times, and The Guardian. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Japan and Germany, Inventing Japan: 1853-1964, and Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents.

Susan Shirk is Chair of the 21st Century China Center and Research Professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (1997-2000), where she was responsible for U.S. policy toward China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mongolia. She founded and continues to lead the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue, an unofficial forum for discussions of security issues. Her books include China: Fragile Superpower and Changing Media, Changing China.

Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society. He is a former professor and dean at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of 15 books, ten of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Nation, and The New York Review of Books. His most recent book, with John Delury, is Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the 21st Century (Random House, 2013). Schell worked for the Ford Foundation in Indonesia, covered the war in Indochina as a journalist, and has traveled widely in China since the mid-70s. Schell is the recipient of many prizes and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Overseas Press Club Award, and the Harvard-Stanford Shorenstein Prize in Asian Journalism.


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Thu 07 Sep 2017
6:30 - 8 p.m.
Asia Society 725 Park Ave. New York, NY 10021
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