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Nicholas Ross Smith
Opinion

Opinion

Nicholas Ross Smith

China needs better friends than the Taliban to make the most of its rise to power

  • If China is to challenge the US-led order, it has to be able to forge friendships with more powerful countries that share its vision of international politics
  • China can find common ground to build relationships, but it struggles to generate the critical mass needed to turn them into friendships that matter

Illustration: Craig Stephens Illustration: Craig Stephens
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Nicholas Ross Smith

Nicholas Ross Smith

Nicholas Ross Smith is an associate professor of international studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China.