China’s Perspectives on Multilateralism: A Preliminary Exploration of The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

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Emilia Kurniasari Asra Virgianita Ardhitya Eduard Yeremia

Abstract

This article seeks to explore how China understands multilateralism. Employing content analysis, this article analyzes Chinese leaders’ speeches surrounding the establishment of AIIB. The result finds that within the speeches, “fazhan” (development/to develop) is the most frequently mentioned word. The narratives concerning the word suggest that from the China perspective, a multilateral cooperation framework is instrumental to pursue its long-term geopolitical goals. For China, multilateral practices should be based on the principle of flexibility. On the one hand, the implementation of such a principle is central in projecting the image of China as being accommodative. On the other hand, it is fundamentally instrumental to ensure that China would have wider room to maneuver in achieving and defending its interests.
 
Keywords:    Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, China, economic development, global governance, multilateralism

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KURNIASARI, Emilia; VIRGIANITA, Asra; YEREMIA, Ardhitya Eduard. China’s Perspectives on Multilateralism: A Preliminary Exploration of The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Intermestic: Journal of International Studies, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 442-458, may 2022. ISSN 2503-443X. Available at: <https://intermestic.unpad.ac.id/index.php/intermestic/article/view/385>. Date accessed: 29 june 2022. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.24198/intermestic.v6n2.10.
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