Here’s what Zuckerberg said about the pick:
Over the last 35 years, China has experienced one of the greatest economic and social transformations in human history. Hundreds of millions of people have moved out of poverty. By many measures, China has done more to lift people out of poverty than the whole rest of the world combined.
I’ve been personally interested as a student of Chinese culture, history and language. I’m looking forward to reading Paulson’s perspective on what China’s rise means for the world.
Zuckerberg has famously taken a personal interest in China, which represents an enormous opportunity for Facebook—except for the fact that it is currently blocked by the Chinese government. If Paulson can pass along any lessons about how to crack the market, then choosing his book will have been a very wise choice.
Paulson recently told Quartz in an interview that he wrote the book because he feels “very strongly that [China] is by far the most important bilateral relationship the US has,” and because he hopes to see a recalibration in American policy toward China. “It’s hard to think of a major challenge in the world today—whether it’s sustaining economic growth, dealing with climate change, maintaining peace and stability—that isn’t going to be easier if we’ve got the US and China working together, and that isn’t going to be more difficult if we have the US and China working at cross-purposes,” he said.
You can read our full “QZ & A” interview with Paulson