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What China’s Past Tells Us About the Future of its Foreign Policy in Asia

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim both wrapped up state visits to China last week and their discussions with President Xi Jinping revealed some fascinating linkages between contemporary Chinese foreign policy objectives and Beijing’s historical perception of its role as Asia’s central power.

Antoine Roth, an international relations scholar at Tohoku University in Japan explores those themes in his new book “A Hierarchical Vision of Order: Understanding Chinese Foreign Policy in Asia.” He joins Eric & Cobus from Sendai to discuss what lessons can be drawn from China’s diplomatic history in Asia that can inform a better understanding of contemporary trends in Chinese foreign policy in other parts of the world.

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