Is China’s “Rise” All It Seems?

China’s rise is one of the more exciting political and economic stories today. It has had explosive economic growth for two decades. Its glittering cities, like Shanghai, dazzle visitors and will cast China’s spell over many more during the 2008 Olympics. China’s trade and investment have a significant impact around the world, while the energy and dynamism of the Chinese people impress anyone who has dealings with them, as they always have. It is hugely in China’s interests, and those of East Asia, that its “peaceful rise” should bring growing prosperity at home and contribute to East Asian and Pacific…

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