Under Xi Jinping, China has become more adventurous and expansive in its foreign policy. With the advent of the Trump presidency, this is only likely to increase because of the spaces that are likely to open up around China both regionally and internationally under a more isolationist US.
In what ways, however, does China have a global vision, in view of its continuing massive development issues domestically? How does it see the link between the external and internal world, and what does it seem to want from the outside world? How does its foreign policy relate to its domestic one, and what developments are likely to happen in the coming five years as China aims to become a middle income country by 2021?
Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London. He is author of over ten books on modern China, the most recent of which were `CEO China: The Rise of Xi Jinping’ and (with Simone van Neuvenhuizen) `China and the New Maoists.’ His `China’s World’ will be published this June.