A new NYT article looks at the role of military power, oppression of its citizens, and use of power against others in the rise of Chinese power.
A Chinese empire reborn. The Communist Party’s emerging empire is more the result of force than a gravitational pull of Chinese ideas. Edward Wong New York Times January 5, 2018
Other NYT articles look at recent examples of oppression in China:
With Xi’s power grab, China joins new era of strongmen Stephen Lee Meyers New York Times February 26, 2018
What it’s like to live in a surveillance state James A. Milward New York Times February 3, 2018