Review current topics in China-related politics and economics. Following a 40-year period of rapid economic growth (1978-2018), China is now actively projecting its economic, political, and soft power abroad in strategic ways that are attracting international interest and concern. Each class will consist of a review of Chinese news and political-economic developments including the following topics: Will China's economy continue to grow at rapid rates and surpass the US economy? Who is Xi Jinping and what is the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation? How does China promote its soft power internationally? Will China become a global superpower or remain a regional power? What is the Belt and Road Initiative? Is the South China Sea really Chinese territory? How do Chinese and Americans view each other and their national prospects? What does the One China policy mean for China, Taiwan, and the USA? Why are religions and ethnic minorities oppressed? How does China use advanced surveillance to monitor its 1.4 billion citizens? And, is international military conflict likely as China becomes more powerful and assertive?
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