Xi Jinping: The Backlash is a succinct overview (~115 small pages) of Xi’s political attitude, CCP dynamics, and the relationship between China and the U.S. (plus Australia, Germany, and Singapore). Published in 2019, this little book includes very recent information plus references to Obama, Trump, and Biden that U.S. readers in particular will find intriguing. I would’ve liked to see more details on the Belt and Road, but due to the length of this book and its focus, I wasn’t necessarily expecting more on that topic. I would say CEO, China by Kerry Brown is still a better introduction to Xi since it explains similar topics in better depth for newbies. That said, this book includes some more recent examples that I found interesting, such as how Germany and Australia have reacted to China’s economic initiative.
I’m halfway through Fariba’s Molière May Readalong and enjoying it immensely! Here are some thoughts on the first two plays while they are still fresh in my mind.Continue reading “The Bourgeois Gentleman and Tartuffe – Two Plays by Molière”