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Gloria, Enrico V. 2020. “Understanding China’s Foreign Policy Discourse: The Belt and Road Initiative as a Pursuit for Major Power Identity.” UP CIDS Discussion Paper 2020-06. Quezon City: UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies.

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Gloria, E. V. (2020). Understanding China’s foreign policy discourse: The Belt and Road Initiative as a pursuit for major power identity (UP CIDS Discussion Paper 2020-06). Retrieved from UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies website: https://cids.up.edu.ph/publications/discussion-papers/2020-series/2020-06/

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