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More Nuance Needed in Discussion About Xi’s Party Congress Speech and What It Signals About China’s Engagement in the Global South

A recent column by CGSP Editor-in-Chief Eric Olander that said Xi Jinping’s speech at the 20th Party Congress last Sunday pointed to a re-prioritization of Chinese foreign policy objectives focused primarily on competition with the U.S. and fortifying its near-abroad sparked a robust discussion online. 

Specifically, some took issue with Olander’s suggestion that Africa and other developing regions further afield (beyond ASEAN and Central Asia) will receive less attention in this new era. Paul Nantulya, an Africa-China scholar at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C., added in a multi-part Twitter thread that Olander’s argument lacked nuance:

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