Skip to main content

Curated by Project Syndicate

China’s Hegemonic Dream

3 commentaries

Next week, the Chinese Communist Party will meet to re-anoint Xi Jinping as president and head of its central military commission. Xi has often spoken of the “China Dream” as the core idea of his leadership, but his bullying foreign policy is making that dream a nightmare for China’s neighbors.   

  • Brahma Chellaney accuses China of escalating its efforts to exploit its status as the world's hydro-hegemon to gain strategic leverage over its neighbors.
  • Chris Patten says China’s willingness to stand by the joint declaration it signed with Britain at the time of Hong Kong’s handover will be a key test of its trustworthiness.
  • Gareth Evans thinks that China’s claim to most of the South China Sea had its legal heart cut out by a ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, in a case brought by the Philippines. 
Sort by: Show:
  1. A New Front in Asia’s Water War
    Floodwater gushing out of Longtan Dam in China VCG/Getty Images

    A New Front in Asia’s Water War

    Oct 10, 2017 Brahma Chellaney fears the implications of China's decision to withhold hydrological data from India.

  2. China’s Hong Kong at 20
    Xi Jinping Pool/Getty Images

    China’s Hong Kong at 20

    Jun 28, 2017 Chris Patten doubts that the

  3. The South China Sea Is Not China’s
    evans66_The Asahi Shimbun_Getty Images_South China Sea The Asahi Shimbun/ Getty Images

    The South China Sea Is Not China’s

    Jul 12, 2016 Gareth Evans examines a court ruling that invalidates Chinese claims to a vast swath of of maritime territory.

  1. kanem7_pishitGetty Images_corporate woman pishit/Getty Images

    Supporting Sexual and Reproductive Health Is Good Business

    Natalia Kanem argues that investing in employees’ well-being will help companies attract and retain top talent.
  2. patten167_Ricky VigilGetty Images_keirstarmer Ricky Vigil/Getty Images

    Can Democracy Win in 2024?

    Chris Patten highlights the challenges mainstream parties face as they try to boost growth and improve public services.
  3. pisaniferry147_EMMANUEL DUNANDAFP via Getty Images_frenchelection Emmanual Dunand/AFP via Getty Images

    Finding a New French Majority

    Jean Pisani-Ferry assesses what must happen to form a stable government after an election that produced a hung parliament.
  4. rodrik211_Xu WeijieVCG via Getty Images_chinashipbuilding Xu Weijie/VCG via Getty Images

    Industrial Policy Is Back. Now What?

    How to design effective industrial policies has suddenly become a hot – and divisive – topic among economists and policymakers. Even those who agree that governments should intervene in the economy to bolster productivity, increase competitiveness, and tackle social and environmental challenges differ sharply on the details.

  5. 0

    The Big Picture

  6. op_stiglitz7_Elizabeth ServatynskaSuspilne UkraineJSC UAPBCGlobal Images Ukraine via Getty Images_ukrainereconstruction Elizabeth Servatynska/Suspilne Ukraine/JSC/ UAPBC/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images

    The Way Forward for Ukraine’s Economy

    Joseph E. Stiglitz & Andrew Kosenko

    With sufficient assistance from the West, Ukraine will prevail over its much larger and richer authoritarian neighbor. But to enjoy the fruits of victory, it will have to move faster in its transition from a post-communist oligarchy, while being careful to resist the siren call of free-market fundamentalism.

    offer a roadmap for guiding the country's recovery and reconstruction during and after the war.
  7. robinson18_Alexis RosenfeldGetty Images_biodiversity Alexis Rosenfeld/Getty Images

    Rich Countries Must Meet Their Biodiversity Financing Pledges

    Mary Robinson urges international policymakers to use the upcoming COP16 summit to close the nature-finance gap.
  8. sstokes4_Scott OlsonGetty Images_trump Scott Olson/Getty Images

    Inequality Spurs Democratic Backsliding

    Susan Stokes shows that countries with fairer economies are less likely to succumb to authoritarian populism.
  9. rajan93_cienpiesGetty Images_inflation cienpies/Getty Images

    Bracing for a More Inflationary World

    Raghuram G. Rajan thinks central banks will remain under pressure to maintain tighter policies over the medium term.

Edit Newsletter Preferences

Set up Notification

To receive email updates regarding this {entity_type}, please enter your email below.

If you are not already registered, this will create a PS account for you. You should receive an activation email shortly.