Lin discusses the rise of China's global power in relation to the U.S.

May 11, 2023

Ford School Professor Ann Chih Lin, director of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, recently addressed China's global ambitions in relation to the U.S., in a presentation titled, “The World According to Xi: Should the US Fear China’s Rise?”

Speaking to the South Haven Tribune, Lin previewed what she would discuss at the event. The presentation explored how the current Chinese leadership views China's position on the global stage as well as how the government observes the privileged position that the United States has enjoyed in the world and what China's leadership feels entitled to claim. In addition, Lin examined whether Americans should feel at risk by China’s ambitions and how the U.S. might respond.

“The recent controversy over a Chinese surveillance balloon encapsulates many of the myths and fears surrounding China’s rise in economic and diplomatic power over the past decade,” Lin noted. “On one hand, the balloon’s looping flight path over the U.S. mainland was treated as a harbinger of a Chinese invasion, but on the other, the incongruity of a spy balloon in an era of sophisticated drone and satellite surveillance seemed laughable.”

Read the full article, "China’s Rise focus of opening Speakers Series program," here.