Trump’s Chinese Booklist

Trump's Chinese booklist. (Image: Michael Vadon via  flickr /  CC BY-SA 2.0)
Trump's Chinese booklist. (Image: Michael Vadon via flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Donald Trump’s recent telephone conversation with Taiwan’s President Tzai Ingwen aroused considerable concern regarding the One-China policy. Many believe that he is too inexperienced in diplomacy and doesn’t have a deep enough understanding of China, which may harm American interests. Is Trump’s knowledge of China really that shallow?

In 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported an interview that Trump had with Xinhua, the official news agency of the People’s Republic of China. During the interview, Trump said:

When asked to recommend some good books about China, he listed 20 titles that covered politics, economics, history, society, culture, and education.

Bowen Press reported that due to Trump’s inclusion of banned books in his list, the Xinhua interview was taken down.

Trump listed 20 titles which covered politics, economics, history, society, culture, and education. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Trump listed 20 titles that covered politics, economics, history, society, culture, and education. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Trump’s booklist on politics includes:

  • The Party by Financial Times reporter Richard McGregor
  • The Coming China Wars by University of California professor Peter Navarro
  • The Beijing Consensus by Cambridge University research professor Stefan Halper
  • The Dragon’s Gift by John Hopkins University professor Deborah Brautigam

Biography titles that he recommended include:

  • Mao:The Unknown Story by Jung Chang
  • Tide Players by Jianying Zha
  • The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester

Other books that he read included Poorly Made in China by Paul Midler, which is an interesting work about China’s economy, and the Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua, which provides insights into China’s educational system.

The Party, Poorly Made in China, and Mao:The Unknown Story are books that are banned in China.

Translated by Cecilia and edited by Kathy McWilliams.

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