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(December 15, 2020) Vetting China's diplomacy: A Thai view

Deciphering and understanding China's foreign policy postures and conduct is akin to walking into a maze. As the world's second-largest economy with rapidly growing political clout, Beijing's external relations are becoming more sophisticated, complex and, at times, extremely assertive. Under the Trump administration, the ongoing US-China rivalry reached boiling point with widespread repercussions. Indeed, their strategic competition has now been franchised to four corners of the world through the dichotomy of "We" versus "Them".

This is unlike the Bush Junior era immediately following Sept 11, when the dichotomy was about friends versus enemies. Although we have long been in the post-Cold War era, Washington finds it comfortable to play on the old and familiar psyche of the "free world" against the "communist world", depicting the US vis-à-vis China. From Washington's perspective, it represents the remaining China card. For the rest of the world, it is no longer about the nostalgic ideological contest. What is at stake is rather their perceived role and influence in recalibrating new regional and international orders during and post-pandemic.

www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/2035479/vetting-chinas-diplomacy-a-thai-view


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