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Has the pandemic emboldened or weakened China in the global system?

First published: LSE Ideas 03/11/2020

If the 2008 financial crisis and aftermath was the time China lost respect for the western economic model, and saw the plates of global power rolling in its direction, the 2020 pandemic and President Trump’s inept handling of it in the United States seem to have presented it with a ‘carpe diem’ moment. Judged by the rhetoric emanating from Beijing this year, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) seems persuaded that President Xi Jinping’s Chinese Dream of the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and the ultimate triumph of socialism over capitalism have moved that much closer. Read on….