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Abstract

One of the most dramatic changes the world has been witnessing in the recent years is the growing willingness of China taking initiative and practicing leadership in global affairs. A most visible demonstration of such a change is the speech delivered by President Xi Jinping in 2017 at the Davos World Economic Forum, in which he robustly defended open trade and global cooperation, against the populist backlash that has reverberated around the world in the past years. Xi’s remarks highlighted China’s potential impact to global development and its changing role in the international system. Indeed, after over 30 years of economic growth averaging about 10%, China has become the second largest economy and is emerging as a major power in search of meaning and purpose of its own in this world of rapid change and grave uncertainty.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law, Xi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina

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