China and the Global South: Many Initiatives, One Narrative
Since its 2013 launch, the China-led Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has stirred heated debates. Despite Beijing framing it as win-win cooperation, concerns mounted over BRI’s risks for involved countries, especially in the Global South. China’s narrative merely signals a search for an effective communication strategy and international discourse power, while its understanding of development remains constant. Developing countries play a crucial role in China’s pursuit of global status. Firstly, it positions itself as the advocate for developing nations, promoting “diverse paths to modernisation” and “true multilateralism”. Secondly, China aims to redefine major power by prioritising development and security over liberal democracy.
Paper produced in the framework of the project “Countering Chinese Disinformation in Italy”.
1. The BRI: More foreign policy evolution than a radical change
2. Can China, being a major power, still be a “developing country”?
3. Development partnerships and debt risks
4. From BRI to GDI: Development and international status