The Chinese century?

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The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is now a global power with a major economic presence on every continent. China accomplished its transformation into the world’s second-biggest economy without shedding its communist leadership; without democratizing; and without fighting a single major war. More importantly, it achieved its economic success without being a US satellite, as Germany and Japan were compelled to do following the Second World War. China should no longer be referred to as an ‘emerging power’; the PRC’s emergence phase is complete and China is now a great power. Like all great powers past and present, the PRC is now seeking to consolidate and extend its power projection both regionally and globally. To accomplish this, Beijing is in the midst of constructing a series of ‘Great Walls’ (Osawa 2013): the ‘Great Firewall’ of cyberspace; the ‘Great Wall at Sea’ in the South and East China Seas (Cole 2001); and, potentially, a network of Air Defence Identification Zones (ADIZ), forming a ‘Great Wall in the Sky’.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe New Global Politics of the Asia Pacific
Subtitle of host publicationConflict and Cooperation in the Asian Century
EditorsMichael K. Connors, Rémy Davison, Jörn Dosch
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9781317232681
ISBN (Print)9781138189577
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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