Evolving Diplomacy in the 21st Century
In 2012, Xi Jinping took office as President of China. Over the last three years, we have seen internal reforms, such as tougher stances on corruption, coupled with a more assertive foreign policy. Xi Jinping has also taken a tougher stance on disputes with neighbors and continued initiatives to expand influence. We ultimately want to examine how these internal reforms coupled with a more assertive external presence is shaping China’s image in the world.
We also want to look at China’s relationships with foreign countries in the context of Chinese investment (FDI) in these countries. In the context of these actions, an examination of the effects of China’s recent economic struggles on these foreign relationships would not only help to unravel the complicated state of Chinese economic policies and performance, it could lead to a discussion on future forecasts and potential solutions for Chinese development.
- How is Xi’s foreign policy different than that of his predecessors?
- How is Xi’s consolidation of power shaping China’s foreign policy? (could potentially include note about China’s internal reforms against corruption as well?)
- How is Chinese investment in Africa, South America, and even the United States shaping its influence in these respective regions?
Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Co-Chair of US China Policy Foundation