Foreign policy priorities and initiatives addressed at the 19th Party Congress confirm the end of China’s “hide and bide” period and demonstrate its growing interest in becoming a more influential player on the world stage. While emphasizing that China has entered a “new era” during his report to the Congress, Xi Jinping suggested that China will be not only a major economic power, but also a cooperative, influential power that will serve as a model for other developing countries. Yet with the wide range of foreign policy goals mentioned at the Party Congress and in related Chinese sources, the question remains as to whether China’s peaceful and beneficial foreign policy line will be fully reflected in its more confident and assertive approach to the international community.
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Chinese Views of Foreign Policy in the 19th Party Congress