China water security
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How does water security affect China’s development?

Ongoing economic modernization has expanded access to safe drinking water for hundreds of millions of people in China, but it has also severely polluted and taxed the country’s water resources. Leaders in Beijing have taken steps to address water security threats, but considerable obstacles persist. As China’s global footprint continues to grow, its actions are increasingly shaping water resources beyond its borders.

Military

How is China modernizing its nuclear forces?

China is one of only nine countries that possess nuclear weapons. Although its nuclear arsenal is small relative to those of the United States and Russia, China is currently expanding and modernizing its nuclear forces. As China faces evolving security challenges, Beijing may also revise its primarily defensive nuclear strategy.

Technology

How is China advancing its space launch capabilities?

Conducting activities in space embodies the pinnacle of technological achievement. Only a handful of countries have the capability to indigenously launch payloads into space. China sits among this elite group, but closing the technology gap with more-advanced space powers will require China to make significant headway.

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How dominant are Chinese companies globally?

The world economy is shaped not just by states, but also by an assortment of influential companies that act as critical elements of national economic power. In conjunction with China’s emergence as an economic superpower, Chinese companies have climbed the ranks to be among the largest in the world. Learn more in this ChinaPower exclusive.

Economics / Technology

Is China leading in global innovation?

Global leaders in innovation produce the discoveries that shape the modern world. An economy’s capacity to innovate is dependent on a variety of factors, including its commitment to research and development, the quality of its workforce, and the effectiveness of government institutions. Learn more about innovation in China.

Military

Tracking China’s third aircraft carrier

The construction of China’s third aircraft carrier appears to be progressing at Shanghai’s Jiangnan Shipyard. Commercial satellite imagery collected on September 18, 2019 shows significant new activity since our last report in May. Click for more.