The Birth Of A Multipolar Asia?

In 2014 Chinese President Xi Jinping called for an ‘Asia for Asians’ as part of a proposed Asian Security Concept’. This remark seemed provocative at the time but today it increasingly reflects an emerging reality: that Asian powers are having to step up and assume the reins of leadership in enforcing the regional order.

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China’s Belt and Road summit is over but the Chinese narrative is only just getting started. In a video released by the state-owned media outlet China Daily, a Western father tells his daughter a BRI bedtime story: ‘China’s idea does not only belong to China. It belongs to the world’. Yet the world – and Europe in particular – still has plenty of reservations about the concept.

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