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In my weekly column for World Politics Review, I argue that past critiques of China as an irresponsible stakeholder in the international system drip with irony in light of President Donald J. Trump's rejection of multilateral cooperation and U.S. global leadership.
Fifteen years ago this September, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick famously challenged the People’s Republic of China to become a “responsible stakeholder” in the international system. For too long, he suggested, China had been freeriding on the stable, open world created by the United States and its Western allies, while failing to internalize and embrace some of its most important norms and standards of conduct. It was time, Zoellick argued, for China to become a custodian of the rules-based international order, rather than a mere participant or bystander.
Fast forward to 2020, and such critiques now drip with irony.
Read the full World Politics Review article here.