Mar 1, 2019

China's global governance ambitions

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

China has developed inside a global governance system that has an architecture designed with minimal input from China.

The state of play: The country justifiably wants a bigger say now, but its increasing authoritarianism is raising concerns about its efforts to reshape global governance.

From the American perspective: Earlier this week, the Center for American Progress issued a report on China's global governance ambitions. Among the highlights...

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From the Chinese perspective: The Feb. 27 People's Daily had a page 1 article titled "Participating in the transformation of the global economic governance system (参与全球经济治理体系变革)." The article is the fifth in a series that the Communist Party's most authoritative newspaper is running on "grasping the new implications of developing our nation's important strategic opportunities." Some excerpts...

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Why it matters: Xi and his government have an expansive agenda to reshape global systems to serve China's interests. Be wary of reports that Xi is somehow chastened and pulling back on global ambitions.

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