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The Pushback Against China’s Coercive Diplomacy

Although China has successfully leveraged its strengths in COVID-19 vaccine production to replenish its reservoir of goodwill in many developing countries, elsewhere Beijing is facing growing resistance to its increasingly assertive foreign policy agenda.

The U.S. is mobilizing friends and allies to build large coalitions designed to confront China. In Asia, Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea polarize many of its neighbors and in Africa and the Americas civil society groups are furious over the destructive impact of Chinese engagement in their regions.

Luke Patey, a longtime China-Africa scholar and a senior researcher at the Danish Institute of International Affairs, chronicles the growing resistance to China in many parts of the world in a new book “How China Loses: The Pushback Against Chinese Global Ambitions.” He joins Eric & Cobus from Copenhagen to discuss why so many people are now more frustrated with China and what he recommends Beijing can do to remedy the situation.

Show Notes:

About Luke Patey:

Luke Patey is the author of How China Loses: The Pushback Against Chinese Global Ambitions (Oxford University Press USA, 2021) and The New Kings of Crude: China, India, and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan (Hurst, 2014). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Finan­cial Times, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, and The Hindu.

Patey is also the Lead Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, University of Oxford, where he heads the institute’s Africa research. He has been a vis­it­ing scholar at the United Nations University (Tokyo), the Social Sci­ence Research Coun­cil (New York), Peking Uni­ver­sity (Bei­jing), and Centre d’études et de recherches internationals (Paris). Patey holds a BSc (Hons.) in commerce from Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada) and a MSc and Ph.D. from the Copenhagen Business School.

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