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Aug 29, 2022

As China and the United States increasingly compete for power in key areas of U.S. influence, great power conflict looms. China’s Rise in the Global South examines China’s behavior as a rising power in two key global south regions: the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Dawn Murphy compares and analyzes thirty years of China’s interactions with these regions in several areas: politics, economics, foreign aid, and military. From the Belt and Road Initiative to the founding of new cooperation forums and special envoys, Dr. Murphy’s book offers an in-depth look at China’s foreign policy approach to the countries it considers its partners in South-South cooperation.

In a conversation with Lina Benabdallah held on August 19, 2022, Dawn C. Murphy argues that China is constructing an alternative international order.

0:00- 3:33  Introduction

3:33-7:50 China’s Alternative World Order

7:50-17:45 China in the Middle East and Africa

17:45-25:45 Chinese-Global South mediation and diplomacy

25:45- 30:08 China studies during COVID

30:08- Economic slowdown

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