On this episode of the PME podcast, I welcome back Ian Easton. Ian recently published a book called The Final Struggle: Inside China’s Global Strategy.
Topics of discussion include:
- The prospect of China invading Taiwan and an update from Ian’s first book, The Chinese Invasion Threat
- Is Xi Jinping on drugs? Hard to tell. But Ian does mention that his dad and sister were purged. He also spent seven years living in a cave.
- We discuss “Xi Jinping Thought” which is Marxism infused with Xi Jinping’s worldview and his political philosophy.
- How China and Xi Jinping use euphemisms to promote dark ideas. For example, the idea of constructing “A Community of Common Destiny for all Mankind.”
- S. policies toward China and how previous administrations have and have not recognized threats from the PRC
- How TikTok poses a direct threat to U.S. national security
- China’s social credit system which uses big data analytics and mass surveillance
- How China uses predatory economic policies to its benefit while hurting the U.S.
Ian Easton is a Senior Director at the Project 2049 Institute, where he studies defense and security issues involving the People’s Republic of China. Previously, he was a visiting fellow at the Japan Institute for International Affairs, a China analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses, and a researcher for the Asia Bureau of Defense News. Ian holds an M.A. in China Studies from National Chengchi University in Taiwan and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He studied Mandarin at Fudan University in Shanghai and National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei.
Books and Resources
Previous interview with Ian on The Chinese Invasion Threat
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