Since becoming president of China in 2013, Xi Jinping has displayed China’s increasing confidence on the global stage in the realms of foreign policy, economics, and military affairs. Yet China faces numerous challenges as it makes bolder moves in defense of its growing global interests. Uncertainty remains as to whether the Trump administration will be able to reach a deal to denuclearize North Korea, territorial disputes continue to flare up in the South China Sea, the prospect lingers of a trade war with the United States spiraling out of control, and countries are increasingly confronting China over allegations of intellectual property theft. How will China respond to these challenges in the coming months? And how will the relationship between China and the United States evolve in the face of rising tensions?