June 2020 DIRT Project: Chinese Perceptions of the World Around It


There’s a lot happening in the world right now even without including the COVID-19 pandemic. To say that the international situation is fluid at the moment is a major understatement. The pandemic is creating tension, mistrust, and even open animosity between neighboring nation-states who only a few short months ago enjoyed stable relations. It is also setting the stage for a new era in US-Chinese relations that will start to come about in the not-too-distant future. The perceptions these two nations hold with regards to each other is changing, and the blowback from the China’s involvement in the pandemic is shaping how it perceives its relationships with other sovereign nation-states, as well as the entire international community.

In June we will be examining China’s new perceptions, and misperceptions of the world, its national power, and its long-term geopolitical goals. The pandemic is transforming all of these. As mentioned briefly above, the new shape of the US-China relationship could very well be a collision course between the two of them, whether Beijing and Washington want it or not. From the South China Sea to Africa, the game is changing and becoming more real to US and Chinese policymakers.

Through the month I’ll devote one entry every weekend to China and its perceptions. Regular updates, and entries will continue to be posted as usual. As I also said above, there is a lot going on in the world right now so there’s going to be a lot to examine in the coming weeks.

I hope you all are having a good weekend. 😊 -Mike

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