China rises

China rises
China’s ascent to peer status with the U.S. is the century’s salient geopolitical fact. Beijing has used its growing power to turn neighbors into dependents and expand overseas. Its Belt and Road Initiative shows long-term vision but has also raised tensions along Asia’s rim. Internally, China faces financial and demographic challenges that will be hard to overcome, even as President Xi consolidates power.

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A dock of the northern Israeli city of Haifa port, on June 24, 2021

Israel’s tightrope act between China and the U.S.

Increasing tensions between China and the United States have made it more difficult for Israel to maintain hard-won trade and economic ties with Beijing without endangering the special relationship with its most faithful ally. Israel must move cautiously, proceeding with some existing China-linked projects but carefully weighing future partnerships that could threaten American security interests. 

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