Data-Driven Assessment of Chinese Economic Influence
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In recent years, China has engaged in a long-term effort to erode US dominance in critical industries and thereby undermine US influence in important world regions. If unaddressed, this could result in a future in which the United States’ ability to pursue its interests abroad is inhibited by an emboldened China and its capacity to ensure the security of its allies in Asia will be increasingly questioned. Given the dire implications of such a scenario, unchecked Chinese economic influence is an existential threat to the entire Western-led international order. In this paper, I approach this issue from a quantitative perspective and offer a data-driven methodology which can provide US intelligence analysts and policy makers with insights into the nature and risks posed by China’s economic activity around the world. Through the application of disparate datasets, the methodology calculates vulnerability of countries to Chinese economic influence and highlights notable trends in global Chinese economic activity.