The Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub is pleased to host the launch of a new report, “Global Development Initiative and Global Security Initiative: China’s blueprint for the new world order”, authored by nonresident senior fellows Michael Schuman and Jonathan Fulton, as well as nonresident fellow Tuvia Gering. This virtual public event will take place on Wednesday, June 21, at 9:00am ET on Zoom.

In March 2023, China stunned the world by achieving an unexpected diplomatic breakthrough – the brokering of an agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran to restore diplomatic relations. The deal was hailed by Beijing as a successful application of the Global Security Initiative (GSI). First proposed by Xi Jinping in April 2022 and further articulated in a February 2023 concept paper, the GSI is a manifesto for an alternative system to the current “rules-based” international order led by the US and its partners.

The GSI has a twin, the Global Development Initiative (GDI), which was first outlined at the UN in 2021. But just as the GSI aims to guide discourse on global governance, the GDI’s goal is to usurp the international dialogue on the global development agenda. Together, these initiatives are Xi’s first attempt to present a more comprehensive vision of a new world order and formulate the ideological backbone for a global governance system that elevates Chinese influence at the expense of American power. How, then, should US policymakers and European and Indo-Pacific partners better understand these crucial features of Chinese foreign and security policy to meet this rising competition?

Keynote remarks

Rick Waters
China Coordinator and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for China and Taiwan
Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, US Department of State

A conversation with

Mary Gallagher
Professor of Chinese Politics
University of Michigan

Francesca Ghiretti
Mercator Institute of China Studies (MERICS)

Moderated by

Emily Feng
International Correspondent

Opening remarks

Read the report

Issue Brief

Jun 21, 2023

How Beijing’s newest global initiatives seek to remake the world order

By Michael Schuman, Jonathan Fulton, Tuvia Gering

Recommendations on how US policymakers and European and Indo-Pacific partners can better understand China’s latest development and security initiatives to meet the rising competition.

China Economy & Business

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