Chinese leaders have long been fascinated by the United States, but have often chosen to demonize America for perceived cultural and military imperialism.
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.