Development in the era of great power competition: Political Economy of CPC development

Anna Hayes, Ben Hillman, Jonathan Ping, Andrew R. Wilson

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In this panel, we will discuss some of the complexities that development theorists and practitioners need to consider in the era of geostrategic competition and rivalry between China and the United States. We note that locally constructed development models are the most functional as they provide self-determined outcomes specific to the requirements of the individuals and groups within their unique political economy. For the states and peoples of the Southwest Pacific the
changed Indo-Pacific strategic environment is a potential catalyst to politically motivate and enable them to pursue their own indigenous development model. However, preserving the unique regional political economy of the Southwest Pacific requires they have sovereignty over their development outcomes. To achieve this, they will be required to conduct International Relations
over the long-term within an increasingly complex environment characterised by great power competition. The region must create a united understanding of China-United States geostrategic rivalry and pass domestic laws and develop policies to enable collaborative interaction with China and the United States for their own benefit. Our discussion will also examine the Chinese model of development, both home and abroad, and how the Belt and Road Initiative fits into the Chinese grand strategy within the region, and the geostrategic competition that is unfolding.
Original languageEnglish
Pages7-8 (Program)
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2023
EventJCU RED Symposium: A Broken Promise? The 2030 Agenda's Commitment to Leave No-one Behind - James Cook University, Cairns, Australia
Duration: 27 Sept 202329 Sept 2023 (JCU RED Symposium)


ConferenceJCU RED Symposium
OtherThe 2030 Agenda sets out a vision for sustainable development that places equality and non-discrimination at the centre of its efforts. To achieve this, the Agenda has the core commitment ‘to remain steadfast in ensuring that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are implemented in accordance with international human rights law, eliminating gender inequalities and all forms of discrimination, [and] reaching out to those that are furthest behind first.

Yet, having now passed the midway point of efforts to realise the goals, both inequality and discrimination remain pervasive. According to the 2022 United Nations SDGs progress report, 1 in 5 people have experienced discrimination on at least one of the grounds prohibited under international human rights law, while between-country income inequality has risen over recent years for the first time in a generation.

In 2020, the share of the world’s workers living in extreme poverty increased for the first time in two decades, hunger and food insecurity is rising globally, and progress in many areas of gender equality is falling. As Oxfam’s 2023 inequality report notes, all of this is occurring at the same time as ‘the very richest have become dramatically richer and corporate profits have hit record highs. The 2023 JCU RED symposium seeks to grapple with the 2030 Agenda’s ‘central transformative promise’ to Leave No One Behind through a focus on three themes: power; discrimination; systemic injustice.

The symposium calls for papers that consider one of more of these themes in relation to any of the 17 SDG Goals. Submissions may focus on how discrimination and systemic injustice limits progress towards the goals, how power relations shape or constrain progress, or what new

discourses, concepts, methodologies, and strategies exist for grappling with inequality and inequity within and across sectors of relevance to the SDGs. What new research is needed to think differently about how power circulates and gives shape to unjust social forces or institutions? Empirical case studies of places or sectors where particular forms of discrimination are embedded are welcomed, as are theoretical papers and multidisciplinary perspectives. While the 2030 Agenda focus on discrimination centres on people, contributions may also focus on the unfair or prejudicial treatment of flora, fauna, and natural environments. Collectively, the symposium aim is to explore how an attentiveness to unequal and unjust power relations might provide new ways forward for the SDGs broken ‘transformative promise.’
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