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Xi’s Pax-Sino vision

24 5 3

In a three-hour speech at October’s Communist Party Congress, General Secretary Xi Jinping proclaimed China’s rightful return to the center of the world and promised to “make greater contributions for mankind.” He also put forth China’s governance model (socialism with Chinese characteristics) as “a brand-new choice for … countries … that wish to accelerate development and maintain their own independence.”

It remains to be seen whether Beijing will actively promote the China model abroad, but there is no doubt about Xi’s ambitious agenda. Xi projects that, by 2035, China will “become a country whose comprehensive national power and international influence will be at the forefront.” By mid-century, the People’s Liberation Army is expected to be one of the world’s top-ranked militaries. According to Xi, when these goals are met, “the Chinese nation will stand tall among the nations of the world with an even more high-spirited attitude.”

As with all things Chinese, Xi is playing the long game. China will continue to strengthen its “comprehensive national power” and cement its place on “the world’s center stage” through initiatives such as One Belt, One Road (OBOR), multilateral trade deals and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Under Xi, China’s foreign policy will remain calculated and highly choreographed. The name of Xi’s game is control.

Xi intends to use his new-found muscle to create favorable global conditions for China and to prevent the emergence of threats. Key........

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