For the last few years, every country has rushed to draft its own crossing-century development strategies. As we enter the new century, all nations feel imperative to enrich, examine, and readjust their primary strategies in the process of implementation. World economy has turned to a growth in restoration. There are three types of uneveness in international strategic balance of power: (1) the US turns out to be more prominent as the sole superpower among the major powers; (2) the developed countries have strengthened their superiority over the developing countries; (3) serious imbalance is clearly enlarged within the developing countries. As the configuration of world forces changes, some new trends are emerging in American hegemonism, as indicated in the Kosovo War. Since the war has imposed great impact on many fields of international relations, every country is stimulated to readjust its national security strategy and raise the military role to a new level. Various thoughts and viewpoints are rampant in the Western world, and multi-polarization is surging forward twisted and wavily. While the international disarmament and arms control efforts have been severely undermined, a new round of arms race is resumed, and regional conflicts break out frequently, national splittism and religious fundamentalism spreading epidemically as well.
In the context of complicated international situations, Chinese foreign relations are facing critical challenges, while its international role is rising step by step. In Year 2000, despite the inevitable regional instabilities, the intensity of clashes shall be lowered to a large extent, and constructive forces will regain their historical prevalence. The world economy will run out of the shadow of the Asian financial crisis, and grow at a relatively even scale. The major powers will stabilize their relationships in a strategic interval, buying time to digest dividends, rehabilitate forces, reassess loss and gain, and readjust their policies. Struggles begin for establishing a new international order in the 21st century.