Gordon G. Chang

Gordon G. Chang is the author of Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World. Follow him on Twitter @GordonGChang.

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Articles by Gordon G. Chang

Google and China’s Changing Economic Paradigm

Following two months of tussling with the Chinese government—much of it under the glare of intense media coverage—Google Inc. (GOOG) abandoned its core business in the world's most populous nation.

Is This China’s Century?

This month marks the end of the first quarter-century of China's reform era. During the groundbreaking Third Plenum of the 11th Party Congress in 1978, Deng Xiaoping launched his agenda

COMMUNIST COUSINS, PART III

By Gordon G. Chang Chinese leaders are not as lucky as their North Korean cousins. Beijing's cadres govern a population that is increasingly mobile, aware, and demanding--and that thinks for

COMMUNIST COUSINS, PART II

By Gordon G. Chang China's problem is that it is stuck in the middle of the reform process, while North Korea's is that it is just starting it. To arrest

COMMUNIST COUSINS, PART I

By Gordon G. Chang They're communist cousins, existing side-by-side, but they couldn't appear more different. One of them looks vibrant and dynamic--the other dark and desperate. Are we living in

BOOK REVIEW: OH MY, IT’S OHMAE

By Gordon G. Chang Memo to the Pentagon: Don't worry about defending Taiwan. Send the Seventh Fleet home because hostility across the Taiwan Strait will soon become a thing of

TERRORISTS FOR DEMOCRACY, PART II

By Gordon G. Chang "It only takes a small group, and we are that small group," says Peng Ming, the revolutionary. "We don't need the general population, and we don't

TERRORISTS FOR DEMOCRACY, PART I

By Gordon G. Chang Politics itself is immoral and dirty. We have to use immoral, dirty means to overthrow this regime. Then we can set up a moral and clean

BEIJING: BLOCKADE BUSTER?

By Gordon G. Chang Will Kim Jong Il just slam down the phone on China's president, Jiang Zemin? That's what Beijing wants us to think. "If Kim tells Jiang he

CHINA’S SEVEN-PERCENT SOLUTION, PART II

By Gordon G. Chang China has reported stellar economic growth for 2002. Can the country continue its success in developing its economy? Growth last year was largely the result of

CHINA’S SEVEN-PERCENT SOLUTION, PART I

By Gordon G. Chang "If we didn't have China I would be suicidal," chief Morgan Stanley economist Stephen Roach said this month. "It's the only bright spot in the world

THE GREATEST RESOURCE IN THE WORLD, PART II

By Gordon G. Chang The Chinese gangs, as they have penetrated Japanese society, have gone beyond robbery and burglary, have branched out into more sophisticated criminal activities like forging credit

THE GREATEST RESOURCE IN THE WORLD, PART I

By Gordon G. Chang "It was almost like they were filming the movie of the invasion of Normandy," said New York City detective Ming Li, who witnessed frightened and wet

SHOULD WE GIVE THE BUSINESS TO CHINA?

By Gordon G. Chang These days China proudly calls itself "the workshop of the world." This is no idle boast: The People's Republic is attracting more and more of the

THE PROBLEM WITH WATER, PART II

By Gordon G. Chang President Jiang Zemin has recently urged China's young to "Protect the Mother Rivers." If the truth be told, Jiang's exhortation is a call to resist the

THE PROBLEM WITH WATER, PART I

By Gordon G. Chang "Pigs, chickens, cows--there were corpses everywhere, including people," said Zhao Zhengwu, a soybean grower and resident of Guangming. Guangming, some 40 miles south of Wuhan, was

DEATH SPREADS ACROSS CHINA, PART II

By Gordon G. Chang Beijing is fighting AIDS, but it prefers to fight AIDS activists. And shut down clinics to help the Chinese people afflicted by the disease, the worst

DEATH SPREADS ACROSS CHINA, PART I

By Gordon G. Chang "To them we are like bubbles," says Xie Yan, referring to officials in her village. "They know if they turn away and ignore us, we will

ANOTHER LARGE BLACK HOLE, PART II

By Gordon G. Chang How much are China's pension and other social welfare obligations? Some say they approach a trillion U.S. dollars. Give or take a couple hundred billion dollars

ANOTHER LARGE BLACK HOLE: PART I

By Gordon G. Chang How much do China's unfunded pension and other social security obligations amount to? Nobody knows, not even the technocrats in Beijing. There is, however, one thing

CHINA’S EQUITY MARKETS, PART II

By Gordon G. Chang In China, there is always progress. In January of this year the People's Supreme Court, China's highest judicial body, made permanent a ban on shareholder suits

CHINA’S BANKS: NO RECIPE

By Gordon G. Chang "Isn't slower better?" asks Dai Genyou. When it comes to certain things, he is surely right. But Dai is an official at the People's Bank of

THE COLLAPSE OF CHINA, ACT I

By Gordon G. Chang China has been in the World Trade Organization for just a little over a month. Already the optimists are in retreat. Even in today's fast-paced world,

SHANGHAI SHAKES, CHINA STUMBLES

By Gordon G. Chang It may not have been "the shot heard 'round the world," but it shook China nonetheless. Especially the modern metropolis of Shanghai. There were many unfinished

CHANG’S REPLY: CHINA’S CRITICAL MOMENT

By Gordon G. Chang [For this issue China Brief is pleased to offer a debate on Gordon Chang's recent book "The Coming Collapse of China" (Random House, 2001). In his