China's fifth generation of leaders is coming of age at a critical juncture in the history of the People's Republic of China. Slated to assume power in 2012-2013, they make for a diverse group in terms of class backgrounds, personal experiences, educational credentials, and career paths. Whether they will be able to achieve consensus will determine how well they face the challenges ahead.
China's Once and Future Rise
China's rise has become a familiar trope, but the reality of the country's emergence often has been obscured by caricature. Can China overcome the obstacles to its continued ascendancy? How will its next generation of leaders face those challenges? And what are the implications for U.S.-China relations? WPR examines China's Once and Future Rise.
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China figures into virtually every major U.S. foreign policy objective -- from North Korea and Iran to economic recovery and climate change -- and plays the role of U.S. rival, competitor and partner all at the same time. Managing this complex relationship is a major policy priority for the Obama administration.
Major economic and social problems stand in the way of China's continued rise. But while many analysts recognize that these problems exist, most ignore the ways in which China's problems are structural, and why solving them without the prospect of enormous turmoil will be difficult and even unlikely.