How did China, which had virtually no diplomats and no international presence when the People’s Republic was established in 1949, get to this point? A new book by Peter Martin, China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy, provides many of the answers. As the Washington Post’s David Ignatius has written, “Peter Martin has decoded Chinese diplomacy in this fascinating and carefully researched study. He describes how China’s foreign service evolved with the country from humble revolutionary beginnings—and became a voice for a new, rising China whose self-confidence sometimes borders on arrogance. Martin’s book explains how China learned to talk like a global superpower.” Stephen J. Hadley, former US National Security Advisor, writes “There’s never been a more important time to understand the motivations that drive Chinese diplomacy. Peter Martin’s superb book delves into the history of China’s diplomatic corps in a way that sheds new light on the nature of Chinese power today. It should become required reading for anyone who hopes to understand Chinese foreign policy.”
Join Asia Society Southern California for a fireside chat with Peter Martin as he discusses his important new book. ASSC Advisory Board member Dr. Ira Kasoff, himself a retired diplomat who lived and worked in China for many years, will moderate.