Se­cur­ing a place as a world power

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What do you think about the cur­rent in­flu­ence of China in the world?

China’s rise has been a force for good. The re­turn of China to the world scene af­ter 1978 is one of the most sig­nif­i­cant events in world pol­i­tics since the end of World War II. Since re­form and open­ing-up be­gan in the late 1970s, China’s suc­cess in lift­ing over 700 mil­lion peo­ple out of poverty has been one of the great­est pol­icy achieve­ments of the past 50 years. Both de­vel­oped and de­vel­op­ing coun­tries alike can draw from China’s model of de­vel­op­ment, which has seen China move from a mar­ginal player in global trade to the world’s sec­ond­largest econ­omy in the span of less than four decades by em­pha­siz­ing struc­tural re­forms, in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment, po­lit­i­cal co­he­sion, in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment, and pol­icy prag­ma­tism.

China has demon­strated that its in­flu­ence is through a sense of shared global re­spon­si­bil­ity and a de­sire to play a greater global role. This has trans­lated into a will­ing­ness to take a prom­i­nent lead­er­ship role in cham­pi­oning eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion in op­po­si­tion to calls for pro­tec­tion­ism from voices in the West.

How do you eval­u­ate Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s per­for­mance as a leader?

I would eval­u­ate his per­for­mance quite fa­vor­ably. Un­der Xi’s lead­er­ship, China has en­gaged in nu­mer­ous suc­cess­ful po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic re­forms that have fo­cused on se­cur­ing China’s place as a ma­jor world power. He has put China on a path to pur­sue win-win eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and co­op­er­a­tion, com­bat cor­rup­tion, and al­le­vi­ate poverty. He has been the most vis­i­ble, most trav­eled, and most poised leader that China has seen in quite some time.

Xi can rightly be viewed as both a mod­ern­izer and a re­former who has done a su­perb job in pro­vid­ing au­thor­i­ta­tive lead­er­ship and po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity while ex­pand­ing China’s in­ter­na­tional promi­nence. He has ex­panded China’s in­flu­ence as a great power by dy­nam­i­cally com­bin­ing China’s diplo­matic, fi­nan­cial and en­gi­neer­ing re­sources into ini­tia­tives such as the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, BRICS Plus, and Made in China 2025. He has also re­asserted China’s place as a ma­jor world power by pur­su­ing poli­cies and pro­grams aimed at mod­ern­iz­ing and re­form­ing the mil­i­tary while defending China’s na­tional se­cu­rity in­ter­ests, ex­pand­ing its con­tri­bu­tion to global gov­er­nance through re­gional and in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity, UN peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions, anti-piracy ef­forts, hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance, and dis­as­ter re­lief.

One of Xi’s great­est suc­cesses has been to pro­mote China as a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to global eco­nomic gov­er­nance, thereby lay­ing the ground­work for Chi­nese lead­er­ship on global eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion.

What do you think the fu­ture of China? What three you choose China to­day? about

I’m hope­ful. China is rightly am­bi­tious. It is rightly as­sert­ing it­self as a ma­jor world power. China stands on the verge of great­ness, but that does not mean it is bent on global dom­i­na­tion. Its in­ter­est lies in de­vel­op­ing mar­kets, procur­ing ma­te­ri­als, and en­cour­ag­ing in­vest­ments, both for­eign and do­mes­tic.

In less than 70 years, China has trans­formed it­self from a war-rav­aged, im­pov­er­ished, and in­ward-look­ing na­tion to a wealthy, glob­ally en­gaged, and for­ward-look­ing na­tion. Since re­form and open­ing-up in 1978, China has demon­strated that it can be both flex­i­ble and res­o­lute in pur­su­ing na­tional pros­per­ity and power. Based on this, China’s peo­ple have ev­ery right to be op­ti­mistic about their coun­try’s fu­ture.

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