Is covid-19 Hastening China’s Global Rise?

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A a whole host of articles have speculated on whether U.S. President Trump’s lack of interest in global leadership during the covid-19 pandemic is hastening China’s emergence as an influential global power. Many of these articles follow on the alarm raised by nervous foreign-policy watchers in the U.S., who argued that the pandemic and the resulting global recession were marking a geopolitical reordering that would leave China as the winner.

Undoubtedly, China wants to take on a great power mantle, which includes leading a response to a global health crisis, but is the West ready for its guidance and what would we be giving up if the U.S. shed its role as the global system’s leader in times of crisis?
Original languageEnglish
JournalElsevier Weekblad
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2020


  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • China
  • Trump
  • COVID-19


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