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Middle Power, Middle Kingdom

What Canadians Need to Know about China in the 21st Century

by (author) David Mulroney

Penguin Group Canada
Initial publish date
Mar 2015
General, Diplomacy, General
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    Mar 2015
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China’s rise is having a direct impact on our prosperity, our health and well-being, and our security here in Canada. The road to achieving many of our middle-power aspirations now runs through the Middle Kingdom.

We need to start paying closer attention, says former ambassador David Mulroney. China has become our second largest economic partner, not as important as the US is, but far bigger than all the rest. Canada exerts a magnetic pull on Chinese tourists and students. It’s also a popular destination for Chinese home buyers in search of a new life or simply looking for a safe place to park money. An assertive China is challenging the balance of power in the Pacific, and it is more than willing to reach across borders, including Canada’s, to steal technologies and to confront challenges to its ideology.

We must do better. David Mulroney is uniquely positioned to discuss this issue as the former ambassador to China, and as a leader in forming a successful strategy in Afghanistan. He discusses what our challenges in Afghanistan were and how we eventually got it right, and how these lessons can be applied to the future challenges of China, and beyond.

Cutting right to the heart of the issue, Middle Power, Middle Kingdom is an intimate account of how foreign policy works, and how policies must be changed if Canada is to prosper. 

About the author


  • Short-listed, The Donner Prize
  • Long-listed, National Business Book Award
  • Winner, Dafoe Book Prize

Contributor Notes

 David Mulroney served as Ambassador of Canada to the People’s Republic of China from 2009 tom 2012. Prior to this, he served as the Deputy Minister responsible for the Afghanistan Task Force, overseeing interdepartmental coordination of all aspects of Canada’s engagement in Afghanistan. He is currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

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