The rise of China appears to be a popular topic these days, but what does this rise actually mean, and not in connection with the resulting effects on the world. Only a decade ago, China had barely the international presence it does today and mass urbanization seemed far off in the future. Times have changed drastically. But of course a booming economy and good economic policies would have China eventually join the ranks of developed countries. The question of China’s ascension was never in doubt, but what degree of power will this new China wield?