- Eye Opening
China observers have long hoped that technology and capitalism would drive the country toward greater openness and freedom. Kai Strittmatter, a fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin, swiftly punctures that delusion in this deeply researched, compulsively readable report from the front lines of China’s descent into dystopia. Strittmatter shows how the authoritarian regime, far from embracing reform, is leveraging its formidable technology arsenal to monitor and control its citizens in nearly every aspect of life and conscripting capitalism to serve the state.
About the Author
Kai Strittmatter is Scandinavia correspondent for Süddeutsche Zeitung and a fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin. He has worked in Beijing for over a decade as a foreign correspondent.