Superpower Showdown: Book Review

Superpoer Showdown: Now The Battle Between Trump And Xi Threatens A New Cold War, Book written by Bob Davis and Lingling Wei.

SPSDavis and Wei, Wall Street Journal reporters, have delivered a book on the U.S. and Chinese through the January 2020 trade deal relationships, and how essential it is to both.

This book takes us back to the beginning, where China’s economic rise in the 1980s, and the deterioration in the country’s relationship with the United States. Beijing officials called this an “old married couple who needed each other, even though they might bicker.”

Darkening Prospects For Global Peace And Prosperity

This book takes us on a journey of these two superpowers unraveling and darkening prospects for global peace and prosperity. The trade deal between China and the U.S. didn’t’ start with Trump and won’t end with him, writes Davis and Wei.

The two countries have long fought political and economic history which has become more contentious over the past three years-which has had negative impacts on both countries economies on the world at large-and will surely hold the potential for even more uncertainty and disruption in the immediate future and on.

How This Book Came To Life

Washington D.C.
Washington D.C.
Beijing China
Beijing China

The book is based on hundreds of interviews in Washington, D.C., and Beijing over the past three years with government officials, former government officials, and the outsiders in which Davis and Wei ask for advice.

These authors who covered government officials in two capitals is different in many ways, the different political systems. But one big way its similar is that officials and other participants rarely are willing to talk candidly on record.

In order for the authors, Davis and Wei, to get the truth, they had to offer and assure complete anonymity. Under those conditions, they could use information from the interviews, but couldn’t say who provided it.

Difficult To Judge Authenticity

Trump and Jingping
Trump and Jingping

“Readers rightly complain that it is difficult to judge the authenticity of works of journalism because source aren’t identified. But, as we say to get to the truth, we often had to agree to anonymity. If sources are identified in Washington, they could lose their jobs or standing. In Beijing, the punishment could be much worse.” writes Davis and Wei.

However there are times when sources will go on the record or to be quoted, even if those quotes are self-gratifying, the reader will have to judge for themselves, if the source is telling the truth, partial truth, or just lying to either protect or pressure themselves.

About The Authors: Bob Davis And Lingling Wei

Bob Davis
Bob Davis

Bob Davis is a Pulitzer Prize-winning senior editor covering economic issues at the Wall Street Journal’s Washington D.C. bureau, and continues to write about China, where he was posted from 2011 to 2014. He has served as the Journal bureau chief in Brussels covering the European Union, and as the Latin America bureau chief. He lives in Washington D.C. today.

Lingling Wei
Lingling Wei

Lingling Wei is an award-winning journalist in the Wall Street Journal’s Beijing bureau. Hailing from a farm province in eastern China, she came of age as a journalist in New York and then returned to China in early 2011 to report on changes in her homeland. She focuses on the intersection of Chinese politics and the economy.

Threat Of War, December 2018

A month after the 2018 midterm election, the Republicans had come up short in the midterm elections, losing control of the House of Representatives. December 2018, CEO’s of seventy-five of the nation’s leading manufacturing, technology, and financial firms gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown section of Washington D.C. to hear from the Trump administration on what plans they had for the economy.

Tariff War

The CEO’s had a different concern in mind, China. Their questions were, “How badly were U.S.-China relations deteriorating? Was the trade war between the two nations spinning out of control?” And, “should they re-make their business strategies and assume that tariffs, sanctions, and indictments would permanently limit trade and investment between the two nations?”

Trump and Jingping had met for dinner three nights before and agreed to a three-month extension on the truce and plans to raise tariffs.

John Bolton (former national security adviser to Donald Trump) states: “We don’t see the American future being a Third World country supplying natural resources and agricultural products to China,” he goes on, “we need to see some major changes in their behavior. Structural issues, if you will.” Bolton lays this out to Gerard Baker (Wall Street Journal’s editor-at-large), without these changes, there would be more punishment.

Bolton before exiting quickly added: “How about a rule that says there will be no imports into the United States of any products or services that are based on the theft of American intellectual property.”

In Conclusion

Superpower Showdown is the story of a romance gone bad. Uniquely positioned in China and in Washington D.C., Davis and Wei have conducted hundreds of interviews with government and business officials in both nations over the seven years they have worked together writing for the Wall Street Journal.

The authors, Davis and Wei analyze the U.S.-China relationship, and explain how we have reached this tipping point, and look at where we could be headed. Vivid and provocative, Super Showdown will help readers understand the context of the trade war and prepare them for what may come next.

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2 thoughts on “Superpower Showdown: Book Review”

  1. When I first opened this site and saw Trump’s name in the first opening paragraph, I thought “Aw shit! This should be interesting!” Regarding Superpowers no matter if its Trump, China’s JingPing or any other worldly leaders, there are some thinking being more powerful than others is a Very Big Deal. Being a Superpower places the people in there country in fear. Thinking these Superpowers are rulers, and the people of their country feel they have no other choice, but to live by their rule. 

    1. Thank you rjkennedy for your comment, and I agree with you that being a superpower is not always the most important thing, but we (United States) and China are. So I felt that this book was interesting with the authors describing both China’s and the United State’s challenges that are laid out in front of them. It is a wonderful insight into how both feel and act on trade, and now with new tariffs on China, this ultimately could be dangerous for both nations.

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