CSIS – ChinaPower December Newsletter


China Power Project

It is our pleasure to send you the December edition of the ChinaPower Newsletter. The China Power Project at CSIS centers on ChinaPower–a website that provides an in-depth understanding of the evolving nature of Chinese power relative to other countries. The Newsletter highlights the new and updated content on the website, as well as featured events and publications. We hope this newsletter provides you with a snapshot of the work we are doing to help our users better understand the complexity of China’s rise.

New Questions

What’s driving China’s race to build a space station?

Experiments conducted in space have resulted in numerous breakthroughs that have been used to address medical, environmental, and technological challenges back on Earth. China seeks to enhance its capacity for scientific and technological innovation by building a large modular space station. Chinese leaders also hope that research conducted on the Chinese Space Station (CSS) will support their long-term goals for space science and exploration. Read More.

ChinaPower Podcasts


China’s Race to Space:

A Conversation with Joan Johnson Freese

Space is a tool of national power, and China’s space programs, like those of the United States and other countries, have both political and strategic objectives.  China’s space program is a source of pride for the Chinese people and a component of Chinese soft power. In this episode, we welcome Joan Johnson-Freese as we discuss China’s ongoing efforts and objectives of its space program. Listen Here

China’s Energy Security:

A Conversation with Zha Daojiong

Following decades of breakneck economic growth, China’s energy needs have expanded rapidly. China is the world’s largest consumer of energy, the largest producer and consumer of coal, and the largest emitter of carbon dioxide. In this episode, we welcome Professor Zha Daojiong as we discuss the risks involved with China’s foreign energy dependence and the ways in which Beijing is attempting to mitigate them. Listen Here

Featured Data

Is it a risk for America that China holds
over $1 trillion in U.S. debt?

As of December 2016, Japan holds more US debt than any other foreign nation. To find out why countries accumulate foreign exchange reserves, read more here.

ChinaPower provides an in-depth understanding of the evolving nature of Chinese power relative to other countries. The project examines five interrelated categories of Chinese power: military, economics, technology, social, and international image. Through objective analysis and data visualization, ChinaPower unpacks the complexity of China’s rise.
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