President Xi Jinping has become accustomed to casting himself and China as natural heirs to the leadership of the global system. But is a country that regularly violates global norms, standards and laws really the right country to lead the world? Photo: Xinhua
Daniel Wagner
Opinion

Opinion

Daniel Wagner

China’s dreams of world leadership are fading as its belt and road projects start to sour

  • The Belt and Road Initiative, hailed for promoting development, is coming under fire as debt burdens grow, reflecting a growing wariness of Beijing’s posturing as a global leader-in-waiting on an international stage that seeks to promote debate rather than censor it

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President Xi Jinping has become accustomed to casting himself and China as natural heirs to the leadership of the global system. But is a country that regularly violates global norms, standards and laws really the right country to lead the world? Photo: Xinhua
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Daniel Wagner

Daniel Wagner

Daniel Wagner is CEO of Country Risk Solutions and a widely published author on current affairs and risk management. He has published seven books and more than 700 articles. His latest book is The America-China Divide. He holds master's degrees in international relations from the University of Chicago and in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix. He received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Richmond College in London. He can be reached at: [email protected]