When Chinese leader Xi Jinping began positioning himself as a champion of globalization, many Western observers didn’t know what to make of it. How can a country that restricts foreign investment and access to information at home be a reliable advocate for free trade abroad? Chinese domestic and foreign policy expert Elizabeth C. Economy's simple answer is: It can’t. She explains how and why Xi has expanded China’s global influence and suggests ways in which the United States can counter China’s plan to spread its illiberal values worldwide. getAbstract recommends her succinct overview to anyone on the fence about China's growing influence in the world.
About the Author
Elizabeth C. Economy is director for Asia Studies at the US think tank Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State.