In recent years, rapid economic growth has lifted millions of Chinese people out of poverty – creating the widespread expectation within China that living standards will continue to rise. Yet, as Michael Beckley explains, all is not well with China’s economy; and as China’s economy falters, he argues, the regime will likely do all it can to keep domestic unrest at bay and secure the country’s economic interests – using force, if necessary. Beckley’s sobering analysis serves as a wake-up call for US policymakers and will interest students of international relations everywhere.
About the Author
Michael Beckley is an associate professor of political science at Tufts University, a Jeane Kirkpatrick Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.