While the Chinese pop star's English-language album won't be released until April, the single "Dust My Shoulders Off," produced by Timbaland, is the first by a Chinese artist to reach the top five on the iTunes chart, and the accompanying art-inspired video has garnered millions of views on YouTube.
Opinion: China challenges U.S. global dominance with trade, investment, military spending and ties to Russia
"At the moment, Chinese leaders do not seem to imagine their country openly challenging the United States for world leadership for, minimally, decades to come," writes Dilip Hiro. "China and Russia are now trying to ensure that Washington no longer exercises unrestrained power globally, as it did between 1992 and summer of 2008."
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