The Rise of China Debate

June 17, 2011

Be it resolved, the 21st century will belong to China…

Is China’s rise unstoppable? Powered by the human capital of 1.3 billion citizens, the latest technological advances, and a comparatively efficient system of state-directed capitalism, China seems poised to become the global super power in the coming century. But the Middle Kingdom also faces a series of challenges.

From energy scarcity to environmental degradation to political unrest to growing global security burdens, a host of factors could derail China’s global ascent.