From the Globe and Mail:
For years, China’s Communist rulers have coyly insisted that China is merely a developing country. Now a growing number of Chinese scholars and commentators are discarding the old bashfulness and beginning to talk openly of China’s rising power.
Their bold predictions of Chinese ascendance are a reflection of the surging sense of self-confidence here. There is a growing belief that China will soon be challenging the United States for leadership in the global arena.
One of its best-known academics, Yan Xuetong, has a new term for China’s mounting influence. Within the next decade, he says, China will become a “semi-superpower.” [Full text]
– Read “The Rise of China and its Power Status” by Yan Xuetong.