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BILL GERTZ is a national security columnist for the Washington Times and senior editor of the Washington Free Beacon. He is internationally recognized as one of the foremost experts on Chinese security affairs. He currently lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Debra.
The United States’ approach to China since the Communist regime in Beijing began the period of reform and opening in the 1980s was based on a promise that trade and engagement with China would result in a peaceful, democratic state.
Forty years later, the hope of producing a benign People’s Republic of China utterly failed. The Communist Party of China deceived the West into believing that its system and the Party-ruled People’s Liberation Army were peaceful and posed no threat. In fact, these misguided policies produced the emergence of a twenty-first-century evil empire even more dangerous than a Cold War version in the Soviet Union.