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Daring to Struggle: China’s Global Ambitions Under Xi Jinping | Bates Gill

Increasingly powerful, prosperous, and authoritarian, China under the leadership of Xi Jinping has become an increasingly intense competitor across the globe economically, technologically, diplomatically, militarily, and in seeking to influence people’s hearts and minds. But what does China ultimately want in the world?

In Daring to Struggle: China’s Global Ambitions Under Xi Jinping, Bates Gill explains the fundamental motivations driving the country’s dynamic, assertive, and risk-taking approach to the world under Xi Jinping. In an interview conducted on July 21, 2022, Bates Gill analyzes how the pursuit of six major goals – legitimacy, sovereignty, wealth, power, leadership, and ideas – shapes China’s foreign relationships in its Indo-Pacific neighborhood and beyond.

0:00 The book

2:51 Economic growth

8:48 Taiwan

14:23 Xinjiang

18:47 Ukraine

21:55 China as a military threat

26:07 Can diplomacy work?

29:44 People-to-people exchange

33:00 Xi Jinping's mission

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