SCMP interviews LAC director Florian Schneider on China’s international image
According to Florian Schneider, China’s authorities rely heavily on nationalism as part of their legitimation strategy at home, but at the same time, this strategy risks derailing the national rejuvenation project that the authorities have promised their citizens. Presenting a positive image of China to its neighbours is important for Beijing, particularly in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative, he says. Read the full article here. For more on the Belt Road Initiative, see the LeidenAsiaCentre’s Global Perspectives on the Belt and Road Initiative research project.