Andrew Cooper, co-editor with Agata Antkiewicz of Emerging Powers in Global Governance: Lessons from the Heiligendamm Process recently gave an interview to China Business Weekly to discuss the role of the emerging powers and China’s role particularly. Dr. Cooper is a distinguished expert and has published extensively on the subject of global governance.
Q: China’s development in the past decades has attracted much attention worldwide. At this historical juncture, especially amid the global efforts to shake off the economic recession, how do you assess China’s global role?
A: China is not just big in size, territory, population and economic output. China is a rising power, which features in its growing soft power. This is my basic judgment.
To be frank, skepticism existed in past years about China’s global role. However, we can see now how high expectations were from the international community.
Correspondingly, China has been playing a responsible, cooperative and constructive role in many areas. We can find contributions from China at nearly every big global or regional occasion.
The financial crisis has had a tough impact on China, an economy heavily dependent on exports in its coastal economic powerhouses. Thanks to its swift response and stimulus package, China’s economy has been put on the right track again.
Meanwhile, China’s domestic economic measures have helped create opportunities for other countries. In this way, the stimulus package has been designed and implemented in a balanced way.
China is against trade protectionism and actively participating in redesigning international financial institutions. And the efforts are gradually delivering results. We can say China, as a growing power, is playing its role well.
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