04 January 2013

Eye on China: 10 Key Trends to Watch in the Year of the Snake

Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins, Eye on China: 10 Key Trends to Watch in the Year of the Snake,” China Real Time Report (中国实时报), Wall Street Journal, 4 January 2013.

As 2013 dawns, following a year of policy uncertainty and leadership transition, China looms large as a key force that will shape global economic and security events. This shaping will come both through China’s growing strength on the military-technology front and through the glimpses of weakness reflected in its slowing economy and increasingly exposure of its sclerotic, corruption-plagued political system. Below we have rank-ordered our projections, most important first, of 10 major trends and events likely to materialize in 2013. These are issues that policy makers, businesspeople and the general public should follow closely to understand China’s growth and evolution. …