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The Big Picture

The Components of Chinese Power

Unlike the Soviet Union, which rivaled the United States militarily, but not economically or culturally, China is becoming a multidimensional superpower. But it will do so only if it can master the key forms of economic, technological, cultural, and military influence without undermining its own objectives.

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