Now, Globalization With Chinese Characteristics

Since 2009, when author Wenshan Jia coined the term “Chiglobalization,” China has continued to embrace globalization. China’s leaders have forged ahead with new connections in ways that outpace the rhetoric and globalization endeavors of Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. “China’s initial effort to exercise global influence is subsequently solidified by the recent exponential growth of her outbound economic clout,” explains Jia, a professor of communication theory, referring to exports and foreign direct investment combined with grassroots connections through education and business. Cross-border interdependence and mutual influences have inspired terms like “Chimerica” and “Chinafornia.” Concerns over trade imbalances and jobs have prompted Donald Trump’s America First policies, which may hurt US soft-power endeavors and speed Chiglobalization. China’s advances in many areas place the country on a path for global leadership. Rather than pursue military connections with bases around the globe, China’s strategy depends on connections, infrastructure development, modernization for developing nations and a larger role in global governance. China once resisted globalization, but now defies containment. – YaleGlobal

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