Skyscrapers in Shanghai, China

China’s superpower pragmatism in Southeast Asia

  • China’s ambition to become a “junior” superpower hinges on the BRI
  • Big, debt-inducing infrastructure projects are being met with resistance
  • China is changing its approach, making such initiatives more collaborative

Discerning visitors can see why the United States has locked horns with China over trade and technology. Standing in downtown Beijing or Shanghai and being dwarfed by their skyscrapers yields a sense of awe. In less than two generations, the Chinese have nearly caught up with the Americans, leapfrogging them in notable ways. Just as gleaming Manhattan in New York City once symbolized the U.S.’s economic prowess and confident cosmopolitanism, the newer, equally modern Beijing and Shanghai are giving China’s global rival a run for its money. Seen from this perspective, Washington’s pushback against China for taking advantage of the international economic system the U.S. has built is unsurprising.

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Dr. Thitinan Pongsudhirak
President Xi’s visit to Japan later this year is expected to further promote a new China-Japan realignment
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What's inside
  • China’s ambition to become a “junior” superpower hinges on the BRI
  • Big, debt-inducing infrastructure projects are being met with resistance
  • China is changing its approach, making such initiatives more collaborative
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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