On Geopolitics

China’s Rise as a Global Power Reaches Its Riskiest Point Yet

Rodger Baker
Senior VP of Strategic Analysis, Stratfor
Jul 3, 2020 | 10:00 GMT
A map of China.

A map of China. 

(Shutterstock.com/KPG Ivary)

China is an empire in the modern sense -- a nation strengthened (but also held hostage) by its long supply chains, compelled to ever greater economic and political intercourse to preserve its interests, and increasingly drawn into the security sphere as well. It uses its economic, political and military leverage to expand its own direct sphere of operations, from the South China Sea to India and across Central Asia into Europe. The more engaged it is internationally, the more dependent it is on maintaining and strengthening those connections, which are critical for Chinese economic growth and, by extension, domestic management of its massive, diverse and economically unequal population. ...

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