Mackinder Forum Virtual Seminar #20: “China’s Mackinderism” presented by Gordon Chang

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On November 22, 2020, 1:30-3:00 PM Eastern US Time, Gordon Chang presented “China’s Mackinderism” to the Mackinder Forum Seminar.

ABSTRACT: Chinese policymakers are Mackinderites; and they are also believers in the Rimland Theory of Nicholas John Spykman, as evident from their all-out plan to build infrastructure in Central Asia. The Belt part of the Belt & Road Initiative shows great commitment to dominating trade routes to Europe through the Rimland. At the same time, the Chinese are devout Mahanians. Chinese leaders believe they must control Mackinder’s Heartland, Spykman’s Rimland, and Mahan’s sea lanes.

So will they realize their grand ambitions and win control of the world?

BIOGRAPHY: Gordon G. Chang is the author The Coming Collapse of China and Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World. He has also written two booklets, The Great U.S.-China Tech War and Losing South Korea. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Barron’s, Commentary, and The National Interest, among other publications. Chang has given numerous briefings in Washington and other capitals and has frequently appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Bloomberg, CNBC, and MSNBC. He is a Newsweek columnist and often writes for The Daily Beast. He has served two terms as trustee of Cornell University.

READINGS:

#1: https://www.wsj.com/articles/xi-changed-my-mind-about-trump-11564008053

#2: https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/china-sino-forming-the-planet

#3: https://www.newsweek.com/china-america-whos-really-bossing-world-opinion-1534348