Gordon G. Chang

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Gordon Guthrie Chang (born July 5, 1951) is an American journalist, lawyer, political commentator, and writer.[1] He is the author of The Coming Collapse of China in which he attempted to predict the collapse of China and claimed that it would collapse by 2011. In December 2011, he changed the timing of the year of the predicted collapse to 2012, claiming he was "only off by a year".[2] As a result, he was included in Foreign Policy's "10 worst predictions of the year" for having been proven wrong twice in a row.[3] In 2013, he claimed that China's economy was "on the edge" of collapse, predicting a loss of investor confidence. In 2013, China’s GDP grew by 7.77% and foreign investment increased by 5.7% to its highest recorded levels.[4][5] In 2016 he predicted that China was heading into a “debt crisis”, claiming that China’s economic statistics were faked.[6] As of 09 2023, no such collapse has occurred. In 2023, he predicted that "Communist China has peaked" and that the country's economy would be caught in a "downward spiral".[7][8]

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Gordon G. Chang
Gordon Guthrie Chang

(1951-07-05) July 5, 1951 (age 72)
EducationCornell University (BA, JD)
Occupation(s)Journalist, political commentator, writer
SpouseLydia Tam
Chinese name


In 1976, Chang graduated from the Cornell Law School. He then lived in Mainland China and in Hong Kong for close to two decades, where he worked as Partner and Counsel at the US international law firms Baker & McKenzie and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Chang has given briefings at the National Intelligence Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the US State Department, and the US Department of Defense, and he has testified before the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He has given numerous speeches at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).[9]