But countering China’s growing regional clout is proving to be an uphill battle.
Local officials are inflexible about implementing Beijing’s orders.
As the country’s water reserves run low, tensions are running high.
Libyans, among others, are sick of the Russian mercenaries.
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Richard McGregor is a senior fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney and the author of numerous books on East Asia, including, most recently, Xi Jinping: The Backlash.