Superpowers: China Rising

The end of the Cold War marked the start of a new world order; a world where the United States was the only superpower. But, this also created an opportunity for other states to fill the void. China has been on a steady rise since it started opening itself to the world. In fact, in 2017, it became the world’s largest economy. China has been flexing its muscle of late, and the US and the world are starting to take notice. This course will endeavour to plot China’s rise and look at its relationships around the world. It will briefly explore its history, government and politics, and foreign relations.

Featuring subject matter expert

Michael Binyon
Michael Binyon

Contributor at The Times

Michael Binyon has been an editorial writer, columnist and foreign correspondent for The Times since 1971. For 15 years he was based overseas, reporting from Moscow, Washington, Bonn and Brussels, before returning to London in 1991.

How do you think the US and the rest of the world should deal with China?

China demands an absolute equal respect from the US as it does from anybody. For China, respect and face are extremely important.

Course Overview

  • Gain an understanding of China’s Sinocentrism, a former world view where it placed itself at the centre of the budding world.
  • Grasp the significance of a global superpower, as states project power and exert influence on any part of the world they so choose.
  • Follow China’s vision of a new world order where economic partnerships and other soft power tools deepen its international relationships.
  • Review the Chinese Communist Party, which has overseen nearly all aspects of Chinese life since 1949.
Course content
  • 9 Full HD Video Lectures
  • Downloadable Course Handouts
  • Knowledge Assessment Quiz
  • Interactive Group Discussion Task
  • Q&A Session with a Subject Matter Expert
  • Certificate of Achievement





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