China’s growing global influence, economic growth and social development suggest that to some it might be considered a developed country. Yet, certain economic indicators demonstrate China is still in the process of developing.
China’s is the world’s second largest economy in terms of gross domestic product and and the largest in terms of purchasing power parity. How China leverages its considerable economic strength has a profound impact on the global economic order.
In recent years, China’s support for the UN has grown considerably. Its increasing financial and personnel contributions offer China a low-cost means of demonstrating its commitment to global stability while alleviating concerns over its growing military and economic power.
Countries that can successfully leverage their national power are able to affect the behavior of other political actors. Toward this end, the Chinese government has developed top-down strategies designed to enhance its soft power.
Innovation enables countries to generate wealth through the development of new products and modes of production and thus is a crucial component of national power. Examining the sources of innovation can lend insight into its position as an emerging leader in new technologies.
A superpower is distinguished by its power projection abilities. Spurred by economic growth and expanding regional security interests, China has embarked on a large-scale modernization of its military, but it remains unclear if China is yet a global superpower.
Public opinion toward China can influence a country’s foreign policy orientation. Polling data is an important means of understanding these perceptions and tracing their long-term influence on international politics.
Significant demographic shifts present two social challenges for China: a reduced Chinese working force supporting its widespread industrial bases, and new social issues pertaining to its pronounced gender imbalance and insufficient senior care.