PONI Mid-Career Cadre member Dr. Jonathan T. Ward recently published China’s Vision of Victory, a book on Chinese global strategy that brings together vast amounts of evidence, revealing the full scope and scale of China’s global ambitions, and what it means for all of us.

Dr. Ward has been studying the rise of China for more than a decade. From travels with truck caravans in Tibet and across the South China Sea by cargo ship in his early twenties, to accessing Communist Party archives that have now been closed to the world while a PhD candidate at Oxford, to consulting for the U.S. Department of Defense and Fortune 500 companies, Dr. Ward has brought the experience of a traveler, the discipline of a scholar, and the insight of a strategy consultant to one of the biggest challenges of our time: what does China want, how will it try to get it, and what should America do?

Dr. Ward’s new book has received praise from a leaders in national security, business, and foreign policy, including General David Petraeus, Robert D. Kaplan, and J. Kyle Bass:

“The extraordinary rise of China is unprecedented in world history and the biggest geopolitical development of the first two decades of the 21st Century; it is likely to continue to be so for decades to come. Jonathan Ward is very well qualified to document China’s extraordinary growth, and he describes it superbly in China’s Vision of Victory, a powerful work that is sure to provoke thought and serious reflection.”

– General David Petraeus, US Army (Ret.), former commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and US Central Command, and former Director of the CIA

“Jonathan Ward has provided an eye-opening analysis of China’s strategic ambitions. He effectively demolishes the longstanding expectation in Washington that a prosperous rising China will be content to integrate itself into the Western international order – to the contrary, he demonstrates that Beijing’s objectives include nothing less than renovating that order to serve China’s own strategic interests. As the United States debates the future of its China policy, China’s Vision of Victory deserves the widest reading.”

– Ashley J. Tellis, Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

“Dr. Ward tells an absorbing and well-researched story about China’s grand strategy to achieve ‘supremacy among all nations’ by 2049 and the role of Western capital in fueling China’s rise. China’s Vision of Victory is a must-read for Western policy makers, intelligence agencies, chief executives, global investors, and globally-minded thinkers. It is a real-life page-turner, if ever there was one.”

– J. Kyle Bass, Founder & Chief Investment Officer of Hayman Capital Management

“Jonathan Ward is a young scholar with not only all the necessary linguistic and travel credentials, but with something even more important, a vision of history rooted in geography that allows him to espy the future.”

– Robert D. Kaplan, author of Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power

“I’ve long admired Jonathan’s determination to get to the truth, on the ground. It is rare to find someone able to combine politics, philosophy, linguistic expertise and hard travel – and bring it to bear on some of the toughest issues of our generation – Jonathan is one of those remarkable people.”

– Rory Stewart, author of The Places in Between and The Prince of Marshes

“This book is a very timely Master Class on China. Everyone with a keen interest in China’s political, military and economic policy, past and present, should study this book carefully. Jonathan Ward’s gimlet-eyed analysis and prescriptive recommendations should be taken to heart by all.”

– Jack Devine, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (Ret.), author of Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s Story

“China’s Vision of Victoryis insightful, compelling, and long overdue. Whether your interest is business, economics, diplomacy, or politics, Jonathan Ward’s assessments and analysis are on target. More importantly, his book will help you understand the complexity and interconnection of all facets of America’s relations with China. Jonathan has given us a new take on the many challenges we face in addressing Chinese power and its relationship with the world.”

– Admiral Scott H. Swift, US Navy (Ret.), Commander of US Pacific Fleet, 2015–2018

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