China: Uncertain Leap Forward

Is this the Chinese century, and will Beijing again dominate the global system as it did from before the birth of Christ to roughly 1800? These weighty questions have received additional impetus in the wake of the devastating financial crisis and its tough and protracted consequences for the United States and other western nations. The contrast with an economically and increasingly politically self-confident China could hardly be more stark. Yet, global futures cannot be projected in the linear and apolitical form, which many employ. There are serious challenges ahead for China.

The World Today Updated 14 October 2020 Published 1 December 2010 3 minute READ

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