China has the potential to become a superpower rivaling the U.S. It already is playing a critical political role in Asia, and its economic power is global. While the number of Christians in China has increased significantly during the past few decades, the church’s social influence remains minimal. Attention from outside often focuses on the suffering and persecution faced by the country’s believers.
David Aikman contends that this situation is changing rapidly. A former Time bureau chief in Beijing and a veteran journalist, Aikman states that 20 to 30 percent of the Chinese population may be Christian within three decades. If that were to happen, Christianity would become the “dominant world view of China’s political and cultural establishment.”