Red Flags Why Xi's China is in Jeopardy George Magnus

Publication date:
11 Sep 2018
Yale University Press
224 pages: 235 x 156mm

Under President Xi Jinping, China has become a large and confident power both at home and abroad, but the country also faces serious challenges. In this critical take on China’s future, economist George Magnus explores four key traps that China must confront and overcome in order to thrive: debt, middle income, the Renminbi, and an aging population. Looking at the political direction President Xi Jinping is taking, Magnus argues that Xi’s authoritarian and repressive philosophy is ultimately not compatible with the country’s economic aspirations.
Thorough and well researched, the book also investigates the potential for conflicts over trade, China’s evolving relationship with Trump, and the country’s attempt to win influence and control in Eurasia through the Belt and Road initiative.

George Magnus is an associate at the China Centre at Oxford University, research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and formerly chief economist of UBS. He has written extensively about China in the Financial Times, Prospect, and other economic and financial publications.