China's growing assertiveness in the region and build up of its military might may have caused Western powers to sit up and take notice.
But the economic powerhouse's rising prominence on the global stage has also seen the rise of Chinese stars in the West.
From Hollywood to basketball courts to the runways, these celebrities are not only making an indelible mark in their respective fields, but also on pop culture that used to be dictated by the West.
Click ahead to see the Chinese names to watch in the coming years.
By Geraldine Tan
Posted 24 January 2011