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Examining China’s Influence in the World


Published April 14, 2022

Elizabeth Economy answers questions from students: Do China’s investments through the Belt and Road Initiative signify China’s acknowledgment of the responsibility that comes with being a world power? How dire is the situation in Taiwan with regard to China’s intentions there? How do we walk the line between putting pressure on foreign adversaries and protecting immigrants and citizens in the United States?

Discussion Questions:

  1. How have shifts in China triggered changes in US foreign policy?
  2. When it comes to China, how do the foreign policy strategies of Obama, Trump, and Biden compare? What are their weaknesses? What are their strengths?

Additional resources:

  • Watch “Elizabeth Economy Details Shifts in Chinese Domestic and Foreign Policy” on PolicyEd. Available here.
  • Watch “America’s New Great-Power Competition with China,” with Elizabeth Economy. Available here.
  • Watch “The China Model: Not One to Emulate” on PolicyEd. Available here.