China 2020: international relations

Kerry Brown1

In the coming decade, China will continue to wrestle with the quandary of being a reluctant global power, while still maintaining its own development. This is likely to be a difficult, and at times rocky, process. China will tell the world that it is focused on its own internal issues, as outlined by Kate Westgarth in the first chapter, trying to shy away from leadership on issues that do not directly relate to it. However, there will be rising expectations that it will need to play a bigger role internationally. It will have increasing assets abroad which will demand its protection and involvement, along with large numbers of Chinese citizens working and travelling outside the borders of ...

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