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China has the world’s longest international land border and the largest population. Governing a nation of this size and protecting its borders is a real challenge. The nation is rich in natural resources and its vast population brings a huge workforce. Rapid economic growth has seen China overtake many nations to become the world’s second largest economy. China’s new status also gives it a greater voice on the global stage. As we embark on a new era of Chinese politics, this book looks at whether China can sustain its development and asks if the international balance of power will shift.

Who’s in Charge? Systems of Power