What Does a Rising China Mean for the U.S. and the World?

Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry M. Paulson Jr. ’68 H’07 talks with Associate Professor of Government Jennifer Lind about the delicate power dynamics and future of relations between the western world and rising superpower China.


Henry Paulson

Henry M. Paulson, Jr. ’68 H’07

Henry M. Paulson, Jr. ’68 H’07 is a businessman, China expert, conservationist, and author. Dedicated to the advancement of free markets, environmental protection, the rule of law, and upholding the basic rights of democracy, Paulson served as the 74th Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush, leading the nation’s response to the financial crisis of 2008. Paulson is founder and chairman of the Paulson Institute, a non-partisan "think and do tank" dedicated to fostering a U.S.-China relationship that serves to maintain global order in a rapidly evolving world. Paulson’s podcast, Straight Talk, features his conversations with prominent world leaders.

Jennifer Lind

Jennifer Lind

Jennifer Lind is Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, and a Faculty Associate at the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies at Harvard University. She is also a Research Associate in the Asia Programme and the Programme on US and the Americas at Chatham House in London. Professor Lind’s research focuses on the international security relations of East Asia, and US foreign policy toward the region. She is the author of Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics (Cornell University Press, 2008). Lind has also authored numerous scholarly articles in international relations journals, and writes for wider audiences in Foreign Affairs and National Interest. Lind holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In her current research she is writing a book on how countries rise to become great powers.


Below is a selection of works from those that students and I discuss in our classes at Dartmouth. You will see many Dartmouth names on this list: check out their websites as well as mine to learn more. This list is a tiny drop in the bucket of the tremendous wealth of scholarship on China and US-China relations. But this will get you started! And if you need more suggestions, send me an email. Thanks for joining us at this Great Issues, New Perspectives event.

- Associate Professor Jennifer Lind, Department of Government (Jennifer.Lind@dartmouth.edu)


  • Jonathan Spence, The Search for Modern China (NY: Norton, 1999)

  • Susan L. Shirk, China: Fragile Superpower (Oxford 2007)

  • Pamela Kyle Crossley, The Wobbling Pivot: China Since 1800 (Wiley Blackwell, 2010)

China’s Economic Rise and Future

  • Arthur R. Kroeber, China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford 2016)

  • Ezra F. Vogel, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

  • Peter Hessler, “The Wonder Years,” The New Yorker, March 31, 2008

  • David Shambaugh, China’s Future (Cambridge: Polity, 2016)

  • Langston Hughes, “Roar, China!”

Chinese Politics

  • Eric Li, “Life of the Party,” Foreign Affairs (2012)

  • Susan Shirk, “China in Xi’s New Era: the Return to Personalistic Rule,” Journal of Democracy  (2018) 

China’s Global Leadership

  • Nadège Rolland, ed., “An Emerging China-Centric Order: China’s Vision for a New World Order in Practice” (Seattle, WA: National Bureau of Asian Research, August 2020)

  • G. John Ikenberry and Darren Lim, “China’s Emerging Institutional Statecraft,” in Project on International Order and Strategy, Washington D.C., Brookings Institution, April 2017

  • Philip Lipscy, “Who’s Afraid of the AIIB?” Foreign Affairs, May 7, 2015

China and American Society

  • Jean Pfaezel, Driven Out: the Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans (Random House, 2007)

  • Keisha Brown and Ruodi Duan, “Teaching China Through Black History,” Fairbank Center Blog, June 30, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy toward China

  • Kurt M. Campbell and Ely Ratner, “The China Reckoning,” Foreign Affairs (March/April 2018)

  • Jennifer Lind and Daryl G. Press, “Reality Check: American Power in an Age of Constraints,” Foreign Affairs (March/April 2020)

  • Jennifer Lind and William C. Wohlforth, “The Future of the Liberal Order is Conservative: A Strategy to Save the System,” Foreign Affairs (March/April 2019)

  • Zhang Wenmu, “Back to Yalta: A Roadmap for Sino-U.S. Relations,” China Security 18 (2011)

  • Stephen Wertheim, “The Price of Primacy: Why America Shouldn’t Dominate the World,” Foreign Affairs (March/April 2020)

  • Mira Rapp-Hooper and Rebecca Friedman Lissner, “The Open World: What American Can Achieve After Trump,” Foreign Affairs (May/June 2018)

Selected commentary by Henry M. Paulson Jr. ’69 H’07 on China


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