China is rising rapidly from relative isolation in international relations to great power status. A fundamental question is what happens to a regional order based on the primacy of one great power when that primacy is challenged by a rising power? The Topic looks at the debates in the foreign policy literature over how best to answer this question. It explores the diplomatic, economic and military policies that define China's rise under President Xi's leadership, as well as the challenges. These include managing environmental degradation, how to run a market economy with an authoritarian one-party state, an ageing population, growing social inequality, endemic corruption and how to control social media. The topic concludes with an assessment of the challenges posed by China's rise to Australia's foreign and defence policies.
The topic aims to:
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