Will This Century Belong to China?

By all accounts, China is sure to have an outsized impact on the world over the next 100 years. Richard Haass and Elizabeth Perry, director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, consider China’s rise and the implications for global order. 


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  • Richard Haass
    President Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations
Episode Guests
  • Elizabeth Perry
    Director, Harvard Yenching Institute

Show Notes

About this episode


By all accounts, China is sure to have an outsize impact on the world over the next one hundred years. In this episode of Nine Questions for the World, Richard Haass and Elizabeth J. Perry, director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, consider China’s rise and its implications for the global order. Will major economic, environmental, and social challenges hinder China’s growth? Will Xi Jinping hold on to power? And what might a China-led world look like?


This podcast series was originally presented as “The 21st Century World: Big Challenges and Big Ideas,” an event series in celebration of CFR’s centennial. This episode is based on a live event that took place on October 6, 2021.


See the corresponding video here.


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From Elizabeth Perry


Anyuan: Mining China’s Revolutionary Tradition, University of California Press


From CFR 


Carl Minzner, “Are China’s Domestic Politics Beginning to Erode Its Governance?” 


Ian Johnson, “What Xi Jinping’s Elevated Status Signals for Chinese Foreign Policy


Eliot Pence, “To Understand China’s Aggressive Foreign Policy, Look at Its Domestic Politics


Eleanor Albert, Lindsay Maizland, and Beina Xu, “The Chinese Communist Party


Eleanor Albert and Lindsay Maizland, “Religion in China


CFR.org Editors, “U.S. Relations With China” 


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Tarun Chhabra and Ryan Hass, “Global China: Domestic politics and foreign policy,” Brookings Institution 


Rana Mitter, “How China’s past shapes Xi’s thinking - and his view of the world,” BBC


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The Best of ChinaPower: Xi Jinping’s Military-Civil Fusion Project: A Conversation with Greg Levesque,” ChinaPower


Chinese domestic politics in the rise of global China,” Brookings Cafeteria

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