The emergence of China as a new global economic player is one of the most significant developments in the contemporary world. Is China’s economic rise sustainable? Will China be overwhelmed by its economic, social, and ecological contradictions? What are the implications of the rise of China for the rest of the world and for the global system as a whole? This course discusses the economic interactions between China and the modern world system over the last two centuries and evaluates future trends. Graduate students should register for ECON 6420 and will be held to higher standards and/or additional work.