With its growing purchasing power, China has to decide if it seeks to become a hegemon, says Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew. Lee believes that Chinese leadership will avoid military confrontations with the US as they recognize that China is better off gaining economical influence and hopes the two nations will aim for compromises when agreements cannot be reached.
Tom Watkins, board advisor of the University of Michigan Confucius Institute
Chinese leaders must balance profit margins and economic growth with improving their environment and the quality of life for ordinary people, writes Tom Watkins. China’s new Communist Party Secretary General Xi Jinping appears to understand that leadership must begin at the top to ensure a peaceful rise.
Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute
Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds is a study by the US National Intelligence Council assesses how the world might evolve over the next two decades. The latest iteration, released in December, concentrates much of its analysis on China’s role in the world.
Wu Sike,a member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of CPPCC
The development of shale gas technology is expected to rapidly change the global energy landscape, world economy and geopolitics, as we know it. As the United States prepares to become a major exporter of natural gas by 2020, cooperation and mutual trust are vital to ensure stability in the Middle East and beyond.
Yukon Huang, senior associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
While many wonder if Xi Jinping will be a reformer in the mode of Deng Xiaoping, Yukon Huang writes China’s regional decentralization of political power will expedite reforms and lead to more representative local elections.