It’s not all doom and gloom, however.
China has been expanding its economic and political ties with the West for the better part of a decade.
The United States has been the world’s top trading partner since 2009, and a number of other nations have joined the BRICS group.
The BRICS have pledged to work toward a “sustainable and inclusive global order” that involves a global economy that is less dependent on China’s exports.
The BRICS also support free trade, but there’s been a recent dispute over the extent of that free trade.
The two nations have also been working to promote cooperation in education, science, technology and public health.
And in recent months, China has opened up to the U.S. in a number in an effort to diversify its trade.