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Gordon Guthrie Chang (born 1951) is an American columnist, blogger, television pundit, author and lawyer.[1] He is widely known for his book The Coming Collapse of China (2001), in which he wrote that the hidden nonperforming loans of the "Big Four" Chinese state banks would likely bring down China's financial system and its communist government.[2]

Gordon G. Chang
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Gordon Guthrie Chang

1951 (age 67–68)
New Jersey, United States
Occupationlawyer, author, television commentator, speaker
Spouse(s)Lydia Tam
Gordon G. Chang


Early lifeEdit

Chang was born in New Jersey to a Chinese father and an American mother of Scottish ancestry.[3][4] His father is from Rugao, Jiangsu, China.[5]

Chang graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, in 1969, and served as class president in his senior year. Four years later, he graduated from Cornell University, where he was a member of the Quill and Dagger society, and graduated from the Cornell Law School in 1976.[1]


He is a regular contributor to The John Batchelor Show, The Glenn Beck Program on Fox News, and CNN. He appeared as a special guest on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on July 17, 2006.[6] On February 3, 2010, he appeared on Al Jazeera English and argued that China does not have a lot of economic leverage over the United States. On November 24, 2010, he appeared on Imus in the Morning to discuss the Yeonpyeong artillery duel.

Collapse of ChinaEdit

Chang says that China is on the brink of collapse and that the people are one step away from revolution.[7] Chang also says that China is a "new dot-com bubble", adding that the rapid growth by China is not supported by various internal factors such as decrease in population growth as well as slowing retail sales.[8] In a separate interview, he remarked that China achieved its 149.2 percent of its current trade surplus with the United States through "lying, cheating, and stealing" and that if China decided to realize its threat that had been expressed since August 2007 to sell its US Treasuries, it would actually hurt its own economy which is reliant on exports to the United States; the economy of the United States would be hurt by a sell-off of Treasuries, causing the United States to buy less from China, which would in turn hurt the Chinese economy.[9]

Chang has said that the Chinese government would collapse in 2012 and 2016.[10][11] Shen Dingli, director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University, wrote that Chang's predictions "collapse his own credibility."[12]

Other activitiesEdit

In Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World (2006), Chang says that North Korea is most likely to target Japan, not South Korea. He also says that North Korean nuclear ambitions could be forestalled if there were concerted multinational diplomacy, with some "limits to patience" backed up by threat of an all-out Korean war.

Chang is a former contributor at The Daily Beast.[13]

Chang is a senior distinguished fellow at the Islamophobic [14] Gatestone Institute [15]

Chang often criticized South Korea's pro-North Korean measures during President Moon Jae-in's term. Chang criticized Moon Jae-in, calling him "dangerous," and said that Moon should be considered "North Korea's agent."[16] Chang also asserted that Moon Jae-in is "subverting freedom, democracy, and South Korea."[16]


  1. ^ a b "author bio". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  2. ^ Lovell, Julia (9 March 2002). "Red sales vanish in the sunset". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Gordon Chang's Story of Belonging". TVOntario. 22 March 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2018 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ Yuan, Mei (4 April 2012). Fang, Ping (ed.). "章家敦︰中共崩溃瞬息间 - 大纪元". Epoch Times (in Chinese). Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  5. ^ Chang, Gordon G. (29 September 2013). "$3.9 Trillion Of Local Gov Debt In China . . . And Counting". Forbes. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Gordon Chang discusses the relationship between Iran and North Korea". The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. 17 July 2006. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  7. ^ "US rejects China Dalai Lama warning". Al Jazeera English. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
  8. ^ Macke, Jeff (24 June 2011). "China Is The New Dot-Com Bubble: Gordon Chang". Yahoo! Finance. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  9. ^ Nesto, Matt (27 June 2011). "Chinese Piracy Costs US 1 Million Jobs: Gordon Chang". Yahoo! Finance. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  10. ^ Chang, Gordon G. (29 December 2011). "The Coming Collapse of China: 2012 Edition". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  11. ^ "China's Collapse Is Coming, More So Now Than Ever - Gordon Chang". Kitco News. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2018 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ Shen, Dingli (5 January 2016). "Chang's predictions of China's collapse destroy his own credibility". Global Times. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Author Page Gordon Chang". Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  15. ^ "Bio Page Gordan Chang". Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  16. ^ a b Gordon G. Chang [@GordonGChang] (8 October 2018). "#MoonJaein could be a #NorthKorea agent, yet whether he is or not we should treat him as one. He is subverting freedom, democracy, and #SouthKorea. He is dangerous" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 28 October 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-29 – via Twitter.

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