China's Uncertain Peaceful Rise
Autor(en): Prem Mahadevan
Herausgeber: Daniel Möckli
Reihenherausgeber: Andreas Wenger
In: Strategic Trends 2012: Key Developments in Global Affairs
Serie: Strategic Trends
Verlag(e): Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich
China's recent economic growth has been spectacular, and has helped the country build its military muscle. Whether the Asian giant can continue rising peacefully is questionable, however. China's growth model will hardly be sustainable as Western demand declines. Adapting it without weakening domestic political cohesion will be difficult. With nationalist sentiments increasingly affecting China's foreign policy, concerns about its geopolitical ambitions are mounting across the Asia-Pacific region. In this context, the US is positioning itself as a long-term stakeholder in the regional balance of power, a stance Beijing interprets as hostile.