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China and the west: competing traditions make true friendship highly unlikely – here's why

By Professor Astrid H. M. Nordin, Lau Chair of Chinese International Relations, King's College London
Graham M Smith, Associate Professor in Political Theory, University of Leeds
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At the 2021 summit of the G7, which was held in Cornwall in the west of England, one person figured prominently in conversations but was not part of the gathering: the Chinese president, Xi Jinping. A fair proportion of the group’s deliberations concerned developing a shared approach to China – the awkwardly named US-backed spending plan, “Build Back Better World” (B3W), which is designed to rival China’s massive “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI).

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