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China has scored huge successes during the last quarter century and has already become a global phenomenon. Twenty-five years ago, however, China''s remarkable accomplishments were largely unforeseen. This volume, consisting of nine essays based on ''best informed guesses'' that are guided by the contributors'' concrete understanding of current trends, posits that the future of China is an open-ended question that may not be answered with either a threat or a collapse. All of the contributors provide a set of scenarios and order them in terms of likelihood, including the seven factors they have identified as central to charting China''s future: the Communist Party, local electoral reforms and rule of law, the federalist possibility, social unrest, foreign policy orientations, Sino-American relations, and the Taiwan conundrum. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand China as it rises in power on the world stage.