Key Trends to Watch in China in 2013

Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins have come up with a Top Ten major trends to watch for in China in the Year of the Snake (2013). These are issues that policy makers, businesspeople and the general public should follow closely to understand China’s growth and evolution.

Amongst the predictions, China will face growing internal challenges, China’s new leaders may adopt a more nationalistic foreign policy, particularly vis-à-vis regional disputes; China will be the world’s single largest builder of warships; details of China’s next aircraft carrier will emerge; and the Y-20 transport aircraft will take its first flight.

Andrew Erickson is a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and a research associate at Harvard’s Fairbank Center. Co-founder of China SignPost (洞察中国) with Gabe Collins, founder of and is a J.D. candidate at the University of Michigan Law School.