China Rising

A deep dive into one country whose expanding posture abroad and tightening grip at home is changing everything.

Trade disputes with the United States notwithstanding, China is on course to become the world’s largest economy, a fact alone that has broad economic implications on a global scale. Its policies and programs have successfully lifted millions of its own people out of poverty. At 1.4 billion, China has more college-educated citizens than any country on the planet. Its advanced technology development is extraordinarily competitive. Against this seemingly rosy scenario, pro-democracy students in Hong Kong are protesting against intensifying Communist party control; the country’s air pollution annually spikes to life-threatening levels; and dissidents share stories of massive human rights violations. From global trade to online freedoms, technological leaps to rural hardship, remarkable culture to widespread censure, consider this a deep dive into one country — whose expanding posture abroad and tightening grip at home — is changing… everything.

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