China Rising

July 24, 2020 • Volume 30, Issue 27
Will it soon be the world's dominant power?
By Jonathan Broder

Introduction

Over the past year, China has been moving aggressively to secure a leading role on the global stage. Its assertiveness was on display most recently in Hong Kong, where a new law tightened Beijing's control over the semiautonomous city. China's influence has grown at the United Nations, part of an effort to overturn the norms of the U.S.-led world order. China also has strengthened its grip on the South China Sea, ramped up efforts to intimidate Taiwan, bloodied Indian troops along the disputed Himalayan border and waged a public relations offensive during the coronavirus pandemic that portrays itself as a model to emulate. An alarmed United States and other advanced democracies are challenging Beijing's territorial claims and trying to prevent China from dominating new technologies that will determine economic and military power for years to come. Through tariffs, President Trump is attempting to decouple the U.S. and Chinese economies — an effort that many economists say would cause massive dislocation in both nations if successful.

Shanghai's skyline shimmers on China's central coast (Getty Images/Visual China Group)
Shanghai's skyline shimmers as night descends on the thriving financial hub on China's central coast. China, with its rapid urban development and economic strength, is positioning itself as a leading global power. (Getty Images/Visual China Group)
ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
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Jul. 24, 2020  China Rising
Jan. 25, 2019  China's Belt and Road Initiative
Jan. 20, 2017  China and the South China Sea
Apr. 04, 2014  China Today
May 07, 2010  U.S.-China Relations Updated
Nov. 11, 2005  Emerging China
Aug. 04, 2000  China Today
Jun. 13, 1997  China After Deng
May 24, 1996  Taiwan, China and the U.S.
Apr. 15, 1994  U.S. - China Trade
Apr. 13, 1984  China: Quest for Stability and Development
Dec. 05, 1980  Trade with China
Sep. 08, 1978  China's Opening Door
Feb. 08, 1974  China After Mao
May 26, 1972  Future of Taiwan
Jun. 16, 1971  Reconciliation with China
Aug. 07, 1968  China Under Mao
Sep. 13, 1967  Burma and Red China
Mar. 15, 1967  Hong Kong and Macao: Windows into China
Apr. 27, 1966  China and the West
Nov. 25, 1964  Relations With Red China
Oct. 05, 1960  Russia and Red China
Mar. 18, 1959  Red China's Communes
Oct. 22, 1958  Overseas Chinese
Jul. 24, 1957  China Policy
Apr. 24, 1957  Passport Policy
Feb. 16, 1955  Problem of Formosa
Sep. 15, 1954  Red China and the United Nations
Apr. 28, 1953  Status of Red China
Apr. 03, 1953  War in Indo-China
Mar. 13, 1952  Chinese-Soviet Relations
Jun. 20, 1951  Blockades and Embargoes
Aug. 29, 1950  Formosa Policy
Mar. 09, 1950  Aid to Indo-China
Nov. 24, 1948  China's Civil War
Aug. 06, 1945  Government of China
Feb. 17, 1945  Development of China
Jun. 07, 1943  Oriental Exclusion
Oct. 26, 1936  Chino-Japanese Relations
Jan. 02, 1928  The Position and Problems of Chinese Nationalism
Apr. 15, 1927  Foreign Intervention in China
Feb. 04, 1927  China and the Great Powers
Dec. 18, 1925  Extraterritoriality in China
Sep. 24, 1924  Military and Civil Aspects of the War in China
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Freedom of Information
General Employment and Labor
General International Relations
Global Issues
Imperialism, Colonization, and Independence Movements
International Energy Trade and Cooperation
International Law and Agreements
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Military Bases
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