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Cheng Li
Cheng Li
Cheng Li is director and senior fellow of the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center and the author of the forthcoming book Middle Class Shanghai: Reshaping U.S.-China Engagement.

Internationally exposed and more liberal than older generations, they are changing established social structures, creating new social spaces, and using social media to bargain with the party-state.

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The dynamism and diversity of middle-class Shanghai simply does not support America’s fear that China’s development, illustrated by the explosive growth of its middle class, is wholly negative.

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As officials from the US and China meet this week, they can take inspiration from the collaboration and healthy competition happening between their scientists in matters of public health.

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