Xi Jinping became President of PRC in the year 2013 and immediately began to roll out his vision of a China-led/China-centric world order. The announcement of the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) and its insertion into the Constitution and ideological framework of the Communist Party of China, was accompanied by a proclamation of the realization of the Chinese Dream in the 21st century. Under Xi Jinping, China has continued to champion the process of economic globalization for the world, even as it has also gone about clipping the wings of big private players in its economy. Post-COVID-19, President Xi Jinping decided to go beyond the realm of trade and economics in terms of China’s role in shaping the world order. His announcement of three global initiatives - developmental, security and civilizational - accompanied by a declaration of a vision of Building a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind, can be considered as the most serious effort by China in the post-Mao era to claim a leadership role in the world. It is aimed at convincing the majority of the countries in the world that it is eminently feasible to have a harmonious existence with China as a global power. Xi Jinping is trying to portray a multi-civilization world order led by China, in contrast to the incumbent rules-based order, created and led by the Western countries, particularly the United States. It is imperative to examine the contours of Xi Jinping’s worldview as it has evolved over the past decade and its implications for the world order.
About the Speaker
Parimal Maya Sudhakar is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean-External Relations at the MIT School of Government (MIT-SOG). He has completed his Masters, MPhil and PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His PhD thesis was on State and Society Relations in China in the Context of Globalization: 1989-2004. He has presented papers and thoughts at several national and international conferences and has travelled to mainland China, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, Italy, and the US for the same. He is a columnist on international relations focusing on China and India-China relations.
About the Chair
Jabin T. Jacob is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, and Director of the Centre of Excellence for Himalayan Studies at Shiv Nadar University, Delhi, NCR. He is also an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Adjunct Research Fellow at the National Maritime Foundation, Visiting Faculty at the Naval War College, Goa, and Non-Resident Fellow at the Centre for Social and Economic Progress, New Delhi. His research interests include Chinese domestic politics, China in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region, Sino-Indian border areas, Indian and Chinese worldviews, and centre-province relations in China. His recent publications include China’s Search for ‘National Rejuvenation’: Domestic and Foreign Policies under Xi Jinping (2020) and How China Engages South Asia: Themes, Partners and Tools (2023).
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