China Story Yearbook: Power is a compilation of essays around the singular theme of power in China today. Elouise Ball reports.
This book provides accessible analysis of the main events and trends of this year and is an essential tool for understanding China’s growing power and influence around the world.
In 2018 mainland China was, by most measures, more powerful than at any other time in its modern history and one of the most powerful countries in the world. Its economy, while facing serious challenges, including from the ongoing ‘trade war’ with the US, still ranked as the second largest in the world.
Its Belt and Road initiative, meanwhile, continues to carve paths of influence and economic integration across several continents and, with a deft combination of policy, investment and entrepreneurship, has also turned it into a global ‘techno-power’. It aims, with a good chance of success, at becoming a global science and technology leader by 2049, the 100th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.
Power surveys the various ways in which the Party-state wields its hard, soft and sharp power, both in China and abroad. Citizens of the People’s Republic of China have long had to negotiate the state’s power and influence in their lives. Increasingly, diaspora communities and non-Chinese citizens, companies and governments around the world are learning to do the same. Some submit, some push back.
This is an outstanding contribution to China studies and editors of this book, including Jane Golley, Linda Jaivin, Paul J. Farrelly and Sharon Strange, along with 26 contributors, have accomplished their own powerful/power-filled outcome – an achievement that should not be underestimated.