Pang Ruizhi

PhD Candidate, Boston University

Pang Ruizhi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, Boston University. His research interests include geopolitics and international stability, China-US relations, and China's foreign policy. He is also interested in the origin of war literature and Chinese history in the imperial period.

China is too big to be average. (AFP)

China cannot be large and average: Strategic positioning of the PRC

Being a country of 1.4 billion people and forming a sizeable part of Asia all on its own, China is inherently positioned to play a significant role in the world. As it finds its place on the world stage, it has to consider other countries - its immediate neighbours, as well as the US. Pang Ruizhi makes one point clear: China is too large to be average.
The US began to show excessive confidence; that their country should be second to none turned into the new political correctness for Americans after the Cold War. (iStock)

Part I: The exceptionality of US geopolitics and the current predicament of China-US relations

Pang Ruizhi, a young Chinese PhD candidate pursuing further studies at Boston University, shares his views on how China can conduct itself on the world stage as a rising power in a two-part article. He suggests that China should be humble, but should also strike hard when its opponent initiates a fight.
However, in view of mutual interest in the domain of trade and economy, as well as the PRC’s national power, the US is unlikely to attempt military confrontation. (iStock)

Part II: The exceptionality of US geopolitics and the current predicament of China-US relations

Pang Ruizhi, a young Chinese PhD candidate pursuing further studies at Boston University, shares his views on how China can conduct itself on the world stage as a rising power in a two-part article. He suggests that China should be humble, but should also strike hard when its opponent initiates a fight.