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Ambassador's Book Club - Getting China Wrong

Ambassador Branstad hosts a book club during the academic year to engage the Drake community on topics related to U.S.-China relations. This semester's book is Getting China Wrong by Aaron L. Friedberg and a limited number of copies are available for students. Drake students, staff, and faculty are welcome to sign up by emailing ambassador@drake.edu stating your intent to read the book and attend the event as well as your request for a copy of the book.


A description of the book is below:

The West’s strategy of engagement with China has failed. More than three decades of trade and investment with the advanced democracies have left that country far richer and stronger than it would otherwise have been.  But growth and development have not caused China’s rulers to relax their grip on political power, abandon their mercantilist economic policies, or accept the rules and norms of the existing international system.  To the contrary: China today is more repressive at home, more aggressive abroad, and more obviously intent on establishing itself as the world’s preponderant power than at any time since the death of Chairman Mao.  What went wrong?

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Medbury Hall/Scott Chapel, 116
2730 Forest Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311

Event Type



History/Research, Faculty/Staff Development, International, True Blue Skills, Global Intercultural Understanding


Undergraduate Students, Faculty & Staff, Law Students, Graduate Students, Transfer Students



Ambassador in Residence
Contact Name

Luke Clausen

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