With an economy and population that dwarf most industrialized nations, China is emerging as a twenty-first-century global superpower.
Promoting democracy has long been a priority of Western foreign policy.
The People’s Republic of China has experienced significant transformations since Deng Xiaoping instituted economic reforms in 1978.
The five Central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan constitute an area of increasing importance in global politics.
When Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, China symbolically asserted its role as an emerging world power—a position it is not likely to relinquish anytime soon.