In this episode of the ChinaPower Podcast, Stella Hong Zhang joins us to discuss China’s new model of international development cooperation. Ms. Zhang analyzes China’s January 2021 white paper titled “China’s International Development Cooperation in the New Era,” the shift in China’s international development policy, and the implications that this shift has for both China and other nations around the world. She argues that the policy changes reflect China’s goal to be seen as a leader in global governance and its aim to shape discourse on China’s domestic governance model and development achievements. Lastly, Ms. Zhang explains that China’s decision to frame its international development cooperation policy in moral language plays strongly to a domestic audience that is skeptical of providing resources to other countries while China itself is still developing.
The Chinese Communist Party set an unprecedented goal to eradicate poverty in China by the end of 2020. While Chinese President Xi Jinping officially declared a “major victory” over poverty in December 2020, hundreds of millions of people in China continue to struggle with low incomes and poor standards of living.
In this episode, Gaurab Shumsher Thapa joins us to discuss the trajectory of China-Nepal relations and China’s geostrategic interests in Nepal. Mr. Thapa explains the history of China-Nepal relations and analyzes China’s motives in increasing engagement with Nepal in recent years. He also discusses Nepal’s foreign policy of non-alignment and how this serves Nepal’s interests as geopolitical tensions heat up throughout the region.
In this episode, Dr. Joshua Eisenman joins us to discuss China’s economic, political, and security interests in Africa, and the efforts it is making to achieve them. Dr. Eisenman analyzes China’s engagement on the continent through means such as the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and the creation of a Chinese military base in Djibouti. He also discusses the validity of concerns about the ability of African countries to assert agency in their relationship with China. Finally, he touches on the variables that may determine the trajectory of China-Africa relations over the next decade.
In this episode, Mr. Timothy Heath joins us to discuss China’s views of and engagement with the international order. He analyzes China’s rise in the postwar era and details findings from a recent RAND Corporation report titled “China and the International Order.” Mr. Heath also assesses China’s behavior toward international norms and its development of multilateral institutions. He proposes how the US might be able to effectively manage China’s growing power and predicts key factors that could impact how Beijing approaches the international order moving forward.
In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Erica Downs and Dr. Jeffrey Becker to discuss the recent opening of China’s military facility in Djibouti and its implications for Chinese foreign policy and strategy.
In this episode, Dr. Joshua Eisenman joins us to discuss China’s development policies and engagement with the developing world.
Proposition: The Belt and Road Initiative will achieve China’s desired strategic and economic gains