China and the World
March 31, 2008 Increases in international trade, tourism and cultural exchanges have given China a substantial national interest overseas. But China has not articulated a clear plan or strategy for the role it wants to play in the world.
March 31, 2008 After years of attracting foreign investment, China is now investing overseas itself, and the country is increasingly using its diplomatic muscle. Those changes have brought new risk and responsibility for a country with a long-stated policy of not interfering.
April 1, 2008 Hungry for trade with resource-rich Latin America, the Chinese are binding themselves closer to the continent, snapping up commodities such as Brazilian soy in record amounts. However, some in Brazil see China as posing a threat as well as an opportunity.
April 3, 2008 China's power is growing in its own backyard of Southeast Asia, even in countries that were once firmly anti-communist. Through transportation projects, cheap goods and cultural centers, China is using its influence to try to make friends throughout the region.
April 4, 2008 China is soon expected to become the world's leading oil importer, with the majority coming from the Mideast. But some in the Gulf region say China may have trouble extending its influence there unless it pays more attention to political sensitivities.
April 6, 2008 China has been working hard to modernize nearly every aspect of its military capability — from cruise missiles to submarines, satellites to cluster bombs. Some see modernization and expansion as a threat to the United States and its interests in Asia.