When it comes to economic development and geopolitical power, China has indeed come a long way over the past thirty-five years. However, does that mean a ‘Rising China’ is no longer burdened with existential problems that need urgent attention? And is the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under the leadership of Xi Jinping up to the challenge of managing these problems? In this dossier, we first grapple with these questions by examining Beijing’s current reform agenda, how it’s dealing with interethnic conflict, and why – in the face of sporadic protests – it often bows to citizens’ demands. We then look at the dark side of China’s economic growth and ponder how it might affect its ability to shape global affairs in the future.
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