October 22, 2012
Why the World Needs a Stable China
Minxin Pei, The Diplomat
While many have feared its rise, a weaker China struggling with economic and political challenges at home may present an even greater challenge.
One of the questions on the minds of most China watchers these days is how Beijing will behave externally when it faces a far more difficult internal environment. Of the well-recognized challenges China will encounter in the coming years are its deteriorating economic dynamism, a structure of decision-making with diffused power and uncertain authority, rising nationalism, growing demand for political reform, and widespread popular disenchantment with the status quo.