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As the world’s second-largest economy, China is extending its influence across the globe, making dramatic moves to become a dominant power. In China Unbound, award-winning foreign correspondent Joanna Chiu lays out the disturbing implications for global stability, prosperity, and civil rights everywhere.


  • Winner, Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing 2022


China Unbound reveals Chiu to be an intrepid reporter and cogent analyst of Chinese politics and society … She has produced a valuable contribution to public debate, illuminating the enigmatic Chinese state which is characterized by repression at home and an ambitious agenda abroad.

- Winnipeg Free Press

Doggedly reported and fiercely argued, this cri de coeur offers essential insight into Beijing’s “aims and activities.”

- Publishers Weekly

Joanna Chiu, a reporter for the Toronto Star, provides a powerful, heartfelt account of Chinese immigrants and their fraught encounters with Beijing’s United Front Work Department, a lavishly funded government agency that works with the Ministry of State Security. Chiu tells gripping stories of influence operations in such disparate places as Australia, Canada, the US, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Russia … Chiu’s stories demonstrate in human terms just how formidable a task it will be to put the US and China on any kind of cooperative path.

- New York Review of Books

Chiu’s book is very well written and researched, with plenty of firsthand accounts from the author. I recommend the book for everyone interested in China.

- Los Angeles Review of Books

Brilliantly researched and beautifully written.

- The Globe and Mail