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Is China the New Champion of Globalization?

Vittorio Emanuele Parsi & Valerio Alfonso Brun | On January 25, addressing a virtual World Economic Forum, China’s President Xi Jinping not only strongly advocated for a multilateral approach to the COVID-19 pandemic but insisted on the virtues and systemic benefits of free trade and globalization. Jeopardizing those elements may introduce conflict into the international system, Xi warned, clearly referring to, although not mentioning, the US. Can China credibly profess the virtues of globalization to achieve harmony and balance in an international system if it doesn’t adhere to international law?