China’s rise

Intentions, power and evidence

Authored by: David C. Kang

The Routledge Handbook of Security Studies

Print publication date:  November  2009
Online publication date:  December  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415463614
eBook ISBN: 9780203866764
Adobe ISBN: 9781135239077


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Since the introduction of market reforms in 1978, China has rapidly emerged as a major regional and even global power, averaging over nine per cent economic growth over the past 30 years. Although China’s economy in 1980 was less than 10 per cent of the size of the US economy, by 2006 it had grown to almost half that of the US when measured by consumption (Figure 23.1). Foreign businesses have flocked to invest in China, while Chinese exports have begun to flood world markets. China is modernizing its military, has joined numerous regional and international institutions, and is increasingly visible in international politics.

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