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Conclusion: Adapting to a World with China at Its Centre: Reflecting on the Present to Better Engage Our Common Future

  • Jeremy Paltiel
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Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier famously quipped that “The Twentieth Century belongs to Canada”. That century has passed, and while Canada made outstanding contributions to developing the global institutions that continue to shape our lives today, we would be hard-pressed to argue that Canada’s role dominated the past hundred years. By contrast, it would not be a great act of prophesy to argue that the current century will be shaped by China. After an eclipse lasting nearly two hundred years China is re-emerging as the pre-eminent power in Asia and, for the first time since Eunuch Admiral Zheng He sailed the Indian ocean in the fifteenth century, as a global power on the world stage.

It may be too early to say whether the twenty-first century “belongs” to China, but there can be little doubt that whatever develops over the remainder of this century, China is sure to claim a central role, either by having a direct hand in shaping key decisions, or as a dominant factor shaping the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Carleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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