Historically, Chinese rulers saw their country as the Middle Kingdom, a reflection of their concept of Zhongguó. Following what Chinese perceive as the humiliating 19th and early 20th centuries, this view of Zhongguó today is taken to heart by President Xi who apparently seeks to position China at the cultural, political, and economic center of the world. It is against this worldview backdrop that Chinese relations with the United States and the rest of the world will in many ways be shaped. As American-Chinese relations intensify possibly to the point of enmity, will China’s dream of becoming the Middle Kingdom entail a new international order, disorder, or something in the middle? This special course examines China’s global policy in an attempt to understand its plans, policies, and challenges to secure its global centrality.
This is a pre-recorded class.
Monday, March 15Virtual Event