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A Voice on the Stage, Not Just a Seat at the Table


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China is looking to translate its economic power into political influence in international organisations and standards bodies.

While China does not seek to destabilise or completely transform the international system, it does seek to reform and shape the global system in its interests. Until recently, Beijing has focused on domestic concerns, such as keeping Taiwan out of the global system. However, China’s ambition for greater international influence puts it in competition with the US. It has made progress over the years in inching towards gaining a greater voice, not just seat, at the table. As of

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Veerle Nouwens

Senior Research Fellow

International Security Studies

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