Beijing's Coalition of the Willing
Foreign Policy, Julyl/August 2010,#180, pp100-103
"You've probably heard by now that China, in its bid to lock in access to energy and mineral riches in far-flung corners of the world, is causing heartburn for the legions of do-gooders working to turn the world's most fragile countries into stable, prosperous states. While US and European gurus are busy lecturing Third World autocrats about good governance and transparency, Chinese engineers are building highways to the dictators' weekend homes. Over the past decade and a half, Beijing has built a coalition of countries that can be trusted to vote China's way in an increasingly clogged alphabet soup of international fora. So far, China's strategy is working. People shouldn't dismiss China's efforts as merely a sophisticated reprise of the Soviet Union's failed bid for the loyalties of the global south. China is a capitalist dynamo, and its market-authoritarian example is fast winning adherents around the world."
Stefan Halper is senior fellow at Cambridge University's Centre of International Studies and author of The Beijing Consensus.
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