CHINA’S STANDING IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH: TAKEAWAYS FROM THE BELT AND ROAD FORUM - This October, China will host its annual Belt and Road Initiative Global Forum in Beijing, marking BRI’s ten-year anniversary. In the past decade, the BRI has become a flagship strategy of the PRC’s involvement in the Global South. China has already spent roughly $1 trillion dollars on the BRI, and more than 150 countries and 30 international organizations have joined the Initiative. This year’s forum is being advertised by Beijing as an important platform to discuss BRI cooperation and as the culmination of the BRI’s 10-year anniversary celebrations.
This virtual panel discussed key takeaways from the BRI Global Forum and evaluate China’s current standing with the Global South. The panel also discussed some of the findings from Global China Hub’s Nonresident Senior Fellow Michael Schuman’s latest report, “Why China won’t win the Global South,” which outlines the shortcomings of China’s efforts to garner support from the Global South and what this means for the US and its allies and partners.
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 10/23/23