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China's Role in the World

Author: Jayshree Bajoria
June 2, 2009

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China's rise on the global stage is one of the most important geopolitical events of the last two decades. Now the world's third-largest economy and largest holder of foreign exchange reserves, China's growing international influence is also marked by its cooperation in the Six-Party Talks on North Korea's denuclearization and an array of global discussions ranging from trade to climate change. But in the shadow of the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, questions remain about the government's record on human rights, political reforms, and role as a responsible stakeholder in the world.

The following is a list of resources on China tracing some of the important issues:

China's Economy and the World

CGS Working Paper: China's $1.5 Trillion Bet: Understanding China's External Portfolio

Elizabeth Economy/Adam Segal: Why the United States and China Are Not Ready to Upgrade Ties

Brian Klein: Can China Save the World?

Derek Scissors: The Costs of Halting Market Reforms in China

Brad Setser: China: Creditor to the Rich

Sebastian Mallaby: Beijing's Would-Be Houdinis

China's Central Bank Governor on Reforming the International Monetary System

Rising Power

Timeline: U.S. Relations with China

Richard Haass: China: Don't Isolate, Integrate

Must Read: China's Way Forward

Annual Report to U.S. Congress on China's Military Power

Backgrounder: China's Military Power

CFR Task Force Report on U.S.-China Relations

Political and Democratic Reforms

Podcast: Can the Internet Bring Democracy to China?

Excerpts from former Communist Party Chief Zhao Ziyang's Memoir

Chinese Citizens' Charter 08 for Political Reforms

CFR Symposium on Religion and the Future of China

Chinese Government's Human Rights Action Plan

Interview: Jerome Cohen Says China Has Mixed Record on Human Rights

Backgrounder: Tibet and Chinese Nationalism

Backgrounder: The Question of Tibet

Internal Challenges

Backgrounder: China's Troubled Food and Drug Trade

Podcast: Health Care Reform

Elizabeth Economy: The River Runs Black

Backgrounder: China's Environmental Crisis

Backgrounder: China's Internal Migrants

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