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Dr. Elizabeth Economy, the C. V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, joins Kurt for a conversation about her career and the way that Chinese domestic politics is shaping the country’s approach to its international affairs. Economy explains how she went from serving as Soviet analyst in the U.S. intelligence community to becoming one of the foremost China experts in the United States. The two discuss Economy’s new book, The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State, and share their own perceptions of Xi. Looking to the future, Economy highlights the struggles that Xi will face, including labor protests, increased internal dissent, and potential criticism from the entrepreneurial sector, as China continues to change.

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