The Second Rising Sun? --- An Analysis of the Logic of Chinese Foreign Policy During Xi Jinping's Time

Shixuan Tang

Unlike his predecessor Hu Jintao, Xi Jinping is an ambitious leader. Not long after he became the president of China, he came up with a concept Chinese Dream, which means that after hundreds of years of humiliation, now it is the time to revive the glory of China ‘during the old days.' He promoted the One Belt One Road Initiative and set up Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank to expand China’s influence over the world. People around the world were surprised by Xi for his ambition. They expected him to be a reformer like Chiang Ching-kuo, who brought Taiwan democracy in the late 1980s.  But Xi seemed to go the other way. He enhanced his dominance over the party. He canceled the limit of terms, meaning that he can be the president of China as long as he can. He oppressed dissidents in China. Just before the end of 2019, he was officially called People’s Leader. He also tried to challenge the dominance of the United States. By increasing the expenditure on military, now China has had two aircraft carriers.

Department:

Political Science

Mentor(s):

Monti Datta