ThinkChina Policy Brief: China’s Centering and Recentering of Asia – University of Copenhagen

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22 March 2019

ThinkChina Policy Brief: China’s Centering and Recentering of Asia

In this ThinkChina.dk Policy Brief, professor Brantly Womack analyses China’s centering and re-centering of Asia. China’s prominence as a rising economic power has been particularly notable since the global financial crisis of 2008, and many commentators expect a similar rise in its political prestige given the uncertainties generated by current American leadership. The recentering of regional attention on China is accentuated by the incentives promised in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Meanwhile China’s military modernization and militarization in the South China Sea attract attention of a different sort. Of course, China has been at the centre of Asia before, but not for the past 180 years, and not for the entire modern era.

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