Russian President Vladimir Putin with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the inaugural Russia-Africa summit in the Black Sea city of Sochi. Photo via the Tass News Agency.
China’s emergence as a major global power over the past quarter-century has not been accompanied by the rise of a Sinocentric worldview. Unlike the U.S. or Europeans in previous eras, where countries in those regions were able to position themselves at the apex of global power for others to emulate, the same cannot be said for China in the early 21st century.
There’s no country that aspires to be like China or to adopt the Chinese political system. Sure, a lot of countries want to emulate China’s economic success and autocrats may borrow some of Beijing’s authoritarian tactics, but there’s no indication that any kind of Sinocentrism is taking root.
Lead the Conversation on China
Subscribe Today to Get Full Access to The China-Global South Project
$19.00 / monthly
Cancel Anytime - Renews Monthly
$199.00 / yearly
Check Out Everything You'll Get With Your Subscription
The China-Global South Daily Brief delivered to your inbox at 6AM Washington time
Full access to exclusive news and analysis from editors based in the Global South
For decades the Soviet Union had extensive ties across Africa, from its contribution to the national liberation movements in countries such as Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau and South Africa, as well as its involvement in ...
Speculation over President Xi Jinping’s re-emergence on the international stage gained new energy late Friday with word that the Chinese leader would attend the November G20 leaders summit in Indonesia. Andi Widjajanto, former ...